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Virasat-e-Khalsa, a Pioneer Museum in Sikh Holy Town of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab Enters Asia Book of Records

This is the third entry of Virasat-e-Khalsa into record books

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He said the museum would feature in the next edition of Asia Book of Records for witnessing 20,569 visitors on March 20. Pixabay

Virasat-e-Khalsa, a pioneer museum in the Sikh holy town of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, has entered the Asia Book of Records for receiving a record visitors, state Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister Charanjit Channi said on Saturday.

He said the museum would feature in the next edition of Asia Book of Records for witnessing 20,569 visitors on March 20.

This is the third entry of Virasat-e-Khalsa into record books.

Earlier, the Limca Book of Records – February 2019 edition and the India Book of Records – 2020 edition raked it as the country’s “top-ranked museum” in terms of number of visitors.

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Virasat-e-Khalsa, a pioneer museum in the Sikh holy town of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, has entered the Asia Book of Records for receiving a record visitors. Pixabay

He said the total footfall of visitors at Virasat-e-Khalsa, conceived to commemorate the 550 years of history and culture of Punjab and Sikhism, has crossed the 10-million mark in just 7.5 years, a matter of pride for the state.

It is located close to Takht Keshgarh Sahib, the second most important Sikh shrine (after the Golden Temple complex) in Anandpur Sahib where the Khalsa Panth — a kind of Praetorian Guard — was founded by Guru Gobind Singh on April 13, 1699.

Spread across 6,500-square metres, the Virasat-e-Khalsa museum narrates the story of Punjab and Sikhism using hand-crafted artefacts and the latest technology in an interactive manner.

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The museum, which is considered visitor-friendly and interactive, is open six days a week (except Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 4.30 pm. (IANS)

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First Sikh Football Cup to Mark 550th Prakash Purb of Guru Nanak Sahib

He said the Khalsa Football Club team would play matches with prominent teams in India as well as football clubs in different countries

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Our prime motive is to encourage the Punjabi youth to engage in sports as 'keshadhari' (unshorn hair and beard) players. Pixabay

To promote the Punjabi Sikh identity globally, non-profit organisation Khalsa Football Club in association with the Global Sikh Sports Federation is organising first Sikh Football Cup, 2019 in Punjab, an organiser said on Sunday.

Dedicated to the 550th Prakash Purb (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak Sahib, the tournament will be held from November 23 to December 7 under FIFA rules.

“Our prime motive is to encourage the Punjabi youth to engage in sports as ‘keshadhari’ (unshorn hair and beard) players,” club president Harjeet Singh Grewal told IANS.

He said the Khalsa Football Club team would play matches with prominent teams in India as well as football clubs in different countries.

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Dedicated to the 550th Prakash Purb (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak Sahib, the tournament will be held from November 23 to December 7 under FIFA rules. Pixabay

The club, affiliated with the Punjab Football Association, would act as launching pad for promising players to enter contracts with top ranked Indian as well as European football clubs, he said.

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Also, the unique ‘keshadhari’ event would help promoting Punjabi culture and Sikh identity worldwide and weaning away the youth from drug abuse. (IANS)