Virasat-E-Khalsa: Sikh Heritage Museum
Virasat-E-Khalsa: Heritage Museum || Shri Anandpur Sahib
Come and get a deep dive into the rich heritage of Sikhism and Punjab state of India. For all the history and culture lovers, Virasat-E-Khalsa is a wonderful and at the same time incredible Khalsa Heritage Museum that should not be skipped to visit. It is located and built in 100-acre land in a holy town known as Shri Anandpur Sahib which is at 85 km from ‘The City Beautiful: Chandigarh’. The heritage museum is popularly known as 8th wonder among locals.
Gurudwara Shri Anandpur Sahib
This is a holy place of Sikh religion where Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji spent 25 years of his life in teaching and guiding his disciplines. The Gurudwara is located on a hill and is known as a birthplace of the Khalsa. We had gone to ‘Gurudwara Anandpur Sahib’ and then visited the museum.
The Khalsa Heritage Museum
One of the most underrated but undoubtedly most enriching museums we have ever seen. It is a unique and one of a kind. The designers and the curators of the museum have made tremendous efforts to make this place a true reflection of Punjab's legacy and heritage. The museum is a technological marvel and a visual masterpiece. All the artifacts displayed are engaging in nature. We believe and strongly recommend it as a must visit alongside the pilgrimage as the young generation will find it very interactive to connect with their culture.
It is a beautiful and brilliantly planned building with modern architecture. The views from the top floor of the terrace are amazing to capture. It does showcase the rich culture of Sikhs. The building is well planned for all kind of visitors. There are facilities for the elderly as well as differently abled people inside the building. The architecture of the place is marvelous. There are so many architectural masterpieces in the building that leaves you awe-struck. The huge water bodies around the building added more charm to this place.
What to Expect?
The heritage museum celebrates 500 years of the Sikh history and 300th anniversary of the birth of Khalsa.
Words cannot explain the intricate work, layouts, pictures, and displays. Very impressive, multimedia display of Sikh history. High-quality decoration on walls with lights, paintings, water bodies, music, projectors, wood works, multiple theatres.
Three Phase Division-
There are three different museum entries taking to different Eras of Punjab history. These would take you back into the times of pre and post-independence of India from British rule. Truly amazing sights one should never ignore.
The first part is the culture section that highlights the seasons, festivals and events in Punjab. It is a static rendition that is brought alive with sound and light. You walk up the ramp discovering the socio-cultural aspects of daily life, tickled at the nuances and the detail of what is familiar and yet so unique about the state and its people- like details of the men washing hair on Sundays or life around the Gurudwara.
The second section deals with the establishing of Sikhism and the history of the Gurus. It uses mixed media and various kinds of craft to tell this story. There are miniatures, embroidery, metal, laser, oils, wood and anything else you can think of. The recorded narrative, stimulated by sensors as you move from one section to another is lyrical, poetic and factual at the same time. It tells stories like they need to be told.
Walking down the ramp full of lights and quotations, you reach the section which deals with the formalizing and spreading of the religion with a focus on warrior heroes. Several passages lead in this section is a linear yet intertwined manner and guide you through the Anglo- Sikh wars, the partition of Punjab, the migration and current politics.
Audio pre-recorded tapes-
- You are given pre-recorded audio tapes which you can listen on headphones to explain what each gallery is about. You can also opt for audio to be in English. The visitors are provided with audio phones on submission of personal Id.
- There are visual recordings at display in many places inside the museum showing some of the historical events from the history of Punjab. Amazing light and sound combination is used.
A sensor picks up-
- There are sensor picks up which gallery you are in and gives you all history about it what is going in.
Small Souvenir Shop-
- There is a small souvenir shop inside it. But the prices are very high.
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- The best part of this museum is totally free entry. But there is a time slot given to you with an entry pass for one and half hour. It remains closed on Mondays.
- Canteen, cafe, and clean restrooms.
Best Place to Learn About Sikhism and Sikh History
The heritage museum gives the live account of the history of Khalsa or Sikh religion right from the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1st Guru) to Guru Gobind Singh Ji (10th Guru). There is a true depiction of the history of Khalsa. Must visit for all to realize what actually Sikhs are and what sort of sacrifices they had done for the sake of humanity and protecting their motherland.
- Air pressure controlled the robotic creation of a Sikh man delivering a speech.
- Statues of Kings, soldiers, and Sikh men felt realistic.
Also a place for Adventure Lovers
This place is in a foot of hills and full of adventure. The adventure lovers would find this place so fascinating.
There is a good cafe on the premises and in case you want to grab a bite, the Gurudwara Anandpur Sahib (very close by) serves Langar (free meal). Be sure to carry something to cover your head in case you want to visit the Gurudwara (Sikh Temple).
We drove in from Chandigarh and it took us 2 hours. We visited the museum two times, in October and December 2016. We had to visit again because the third phase of the museum was not open to the public during our first visit. Winter is the best season and end December- early January will have tall poplars shedding their leaves, the mustard fields full of golden flowers and the sun. Don't forget to stop at the huts making jaggery out of sugarcane along the roadside in this season.
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Here is a list of other places to visit nearby Chandigarh:
- Chhatbir Zoo
- Jayanti Devi Dam & Temple
- Jayanti Trek
- Morni Hills & Tikkar Taal
- Mansa Devi Temple
- Fateh Burj: Tallest Victory Tower in India
- Pinjore Garden
- Kasauli Hills
- Gurudwara Nada Sahib
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31 thoughts on “Virasat-E-Khalsa: Sikh Heritage Museum”
Sikhism is the youngest religion of the world….and of course most vibrant. I found Sikhs to be one of the most helpful communities.
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Sikh culture has awed me for many years now. This is such a detailed article with all I need to know about this museum. Definitely on my list when I visit Chandigarh
I like unique architecture and wonderful paintings
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The Khalsa Heritage Museum looks amazing ! I love that unique architecture and wonderful paintings ! Its one of the coolest looking museums ive ever seen! I hope ill get to travel to India soon to explore great places like that
Yeah, it is truly the coolest museum I have ever seen. I am sure you would also be amazed by this site.
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The Khalsa Heritage Museum looks like a very unique design with some beautiful pieces to celebrate Sikhism. Sounds like a must-see place to visit.
Yes, it is a must visit place if you really want to learn about rich history and culture of Sikhism and Punjab.
Thank you for sharing this with us! Very interesting place and definitely worth visiting next time I’m traveling through India. I would love to find out more about Sikhism. Is there anything western visitors should be aware of, in terms of dos and don’ts when visiting in order not to offend anyone? e.g. wearing respectful clothes etc?
Yeah, if you want to visit Gurudwara (Sikh temple), then you need to cover your head. It is a must thing. You should probably don’t want to expose the skin much. Hope it would be helpful to you. Let me know if you need to clarify more.
I had heard alot about this Gurudwara but never imagined it would be this beautiful and has museum also. The presentation of history is very fascinating. I can’t wait to visit it and also recommend to my friends. Thanks for this informative blog.
Yes, Archana. It is such a wonderful piece of work done. One should really not miss this one and learn about a rich history and culture of the state.
I was not aware that Shri Anandpur Sahib is THE museum where we could learn about the history of the Sikh Heritage. Coincidentally, we crossed it a few months back on our way to Himachal Pradesh and saw it from a distance. It stood out for sure but since we were short on time, we could not stop there! If the locals lovingly call it the 8th wonder, it has to be special. Thanks for introducing this to us and on our way back, we will definitely make visit.
I hope you would manage to visit this wonderful sight soon. I can only put some of the bits here in the blog post but in reality, you would surely be amazed by the work and presentation about the Punjabi culture and history. I have never seen such a museum yet. It is truly worth a visit.
I would be very interested to learn more about Sikh history, and Khalsa Heritage Museum looks like a fascinating place to do so. The setting looks amazing too! Great article 🙂
Surely, Alex. You would definitely be amazed. I bet you have never seen such a museum. All I could tell is a little glimpse of the museum. Real would be felt by visiting yourself.
I have been visiting Gurudwaras since childhood. I love the peaceful, divine and positive atmosphere there. I would surely visit Shri Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara when in Chandigarh. Thanks for sharing the details.
Yeah, apart fromGurudwara you should visit the Khalsa heritage museum. Would be a worthful visit. Hope you would visit it soon.
What a lovely and informative article. I visited this place two years ago and your post brought back a lot of nice memories. You also covered some important things to know for people that aren’t too familiar with Sikhism. Great read overall 🙂
Oh wow! Great to hear that. I am amazed to know that you had visited this prestigious museum. Thanks for your feedback. 🙂
Mohana and Aninda
Chandigarh has some exceptional architecture, doesn’t it? Would love to visit.
Yeah, but this museum is little far from Chandigarh and it is exactly come in Shri Anandpur Sahib which is 85 km from the city beautiful.
I met couple of people from Punjab when i was travling in India but i know nothing about the thier history and heritage. This was super intersting
I hope next time if you visit India then surely touch the land of Punjab state and get acquainted with the history and culture of Punjab.
How beautiful is this! I love Sikhism even though I’m not a sikh by birth. I would love to visit this place! Thank you for sharing
I hope you visit it soon. Thanks!
Amazing…. beautiful…must visit…to learn rich history…preserved so we’ll…well incorporated everything blogger..
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