Guru Gobind Singh Current Affairs - 2019

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Virasat-e-Khalsa set to enter Asia Book of Records

Virasat-e-Khalsa museum located in Anandpur Sahib town in Punjab is set to find a place in Asia Book of Records for becoming most visited museum in Asian sub-continent on a single day. Museum witnessed a record footfall of 20,569 visitors on a single day on 20 March 2019.

Key Highlights

Asia Book of Records confirmed that record of ‘maximum footfall in a museum in a day’ set by museum will feature in next edition of Asia Book of Records.

This would be 3rd entry for museum in record books. Prior to this, Virasat-e-Khalsa made it to Limca Book of Records in February 2019 edition and India Book of Records and both had listed ‘Virasat-e-Khalsa’ as country’s top-ranked museum in terms of number of visitors.

Museum has been conferred an award by Punjab Energy Development Agency in a State-level energy conservation competition, for cutting down electricity consumption.

About Virasat-e-Khalsa

It was built to commemorate the rich history and culture of Punjab and Sikhism. It inaugurated in November 2011. In a short span of eight years, more than 10 million visitors have visited museum so far.

It celebrates 500 years of Sikh history and 300th anniversary of birth of Khalsa, based on scriptures written by Guru Gobind Singh, 10th and last human Sikh guru.

Indian-American Gurinder Singh Khalsa Presented with Rosa Park Trailblazer award

Indian-American Entrepreneur Gurinder Singh Khalsa has been honoured with Rosa Park Trailblazer award for his campaign to persuade US authorities to change policy towards Sikh headgear.

Fight for Justice and Faith

Gurinder Singh Khalsa was not allowed to board an aeroplane in 2007 due to his refusal to remove the turban. Determined to stand up for his faith and fight for justice, Gurinder Singh Khalsa took the issue all the way to the US Congress, compelling Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) to change its headgear policy towards the Sikh community. As a result, Sikhs can now wear their turban through airport security in the US.

Turbans

There precise origin of Turban is unknown but there are references to Turban dating back almost 4,000 years from Mesopotamia and ancient India.

Turban is a type of headgear based on cloth winding and wearing turbans is most common among the Sikh Community.

Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th and last human guru of the faith initiated Khalsa and asked the members of Khalsa to maintain five articles of faith, referred to as the five Ks. The Turban (kesh: Uncut hair in Turban) is a part of five K.