Punjabi scholar-poet Bhai Vir Singh’s legacy lives on
Born in 1872, Bhai Vir Singh performed a key function in reviving and shaping the Punjabi literature, and elevating its commonplace among the many extra prevalent regional languages on the time in undivided Punjab. He was a reformist, who additionally was deeply linked with nature and propagated a harmonious residing with nature, one thing he practiced himself. He was the founding father of a number of main organisations, together with Punjab and Sindh Financial institution, Khalsa Tract Society and edited and printed numerous literary periodicals, together with Nirguniara and Khalsa Samachar.
His legacy displays on the Bhai Vir Singh Niwas Sthaan, a 4-acre property located within the coronary heart of town on Lawrence Highway. As soon as residence of Bhai Vir Singh, the place is now become a museum-cum-library, maintaining alive the recollections of the reformist. The premises are divided right into a residential advanced that’s now become a museum and library, with an expansive flower and fruit backyard that has over 100-year-old heritage timber and is dwelling to native birds. It’s mentioned there was a time when residents across the property would get up to the sound of kirtan and chirping of birds, which sounded in sync with the prayers being provided. Most of his belongings — virtually seven many years after his dying — have been preserved in his residential quarters that embrace a eating room, an office-cum-reading room and a bed room. The lounge showcases an enormous portrait of the author, together with the Padma Bhushan awarded to him in 1956 for his contribution to literature. Extracts from his writings adorn the partitions, the gardens and his poems are a reminder of his love for nature and verse.
A well-liked custom that he began is adopted nonetheless, that of providing two bouquets of flowers at Golden Temple, ready each morning from the backyard on the place. Unique copies of Nirguniara and Khalsa Samachar, that at the moment are greater than 100 years previous, have been saved preserved in glass circumstances. A number of books, hand-written letters, essays written by Bhai Vir Singh with regards to nature, sustainable residing and significance of pure assets discover relevance at this time. The premises even have a small meditation hut, with an structure and design much like the holy Sikh Shrine of Shri Hemkunt Sahib.
Dr Sukhbir Kaur Mahal, Director, Bhai Vir Singh Niwas Sthaan, says his literary legacy is wealthy and related and have to be preserved for future generations.