Maharaja Ranjit Singh is back in Pakistan

Maharaja Ranjjit Singh

New Delhi, June 27: Pakistan will unveil a life-sized statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh on his 180th death anniversary.

The statue will be installed outside the Main Indian Haveli in Lahore Fort. The statue is made up of bronze and is expected to be unveiled today at 4pm.

The pictures of the statue shows Maharaja Ranjit Singh, riding his favourite Arabic horse Kahar Bahar which was gifted to him by the founder of the Barazkai dynasty Dost Muhammad Khan.

It took took eight months to construct the life-like statue and was made under the supervision of Faqir Khana Museum Director Faqir Saifuddin.

The sculpture is finished in fiber cold bronze material and is majestic.

On Monday, Pakistan issued visas to 463 Indian Sikh pilgrims who are going to that country to observe the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

The Pakistan High Commission here has also accommodated Sikh 'Yatrees' who were granted visas for observing the Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjun Dev Ji from June 14-23, but could not go to Pakistan, the country's mission here said.

The visas issued by the High Commission in New Delhi are in addition to the ones given to Sikh pilgrims participating in the event from different parts of the world, it said.

The 463 Indian Sikh pilgrims will visit Pakistan to observe Maharaja Ranjit Singh's death anniversary from June 27-July 6.Popularly known as Sher-e-Punjab Singh, Maharaja Ranjit Singh had a long association with Lahore.

Lahore was the capital of the Sikh Empire under the leadership of Ranjit Singh.

In 1799, Ranjit Singh captured Lahore which is also considered as the turning point for the Sikh Empire.

Ranjit Singh also protected Lahore from invading Afghans and was responsible for the restoration of Mughal architecture in the city.

News24 Bureau with Agencies

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