Prince Charles pays obesiance at Khalsa birthplace
Anandpur Sahib (Punjab), Mar 28: Prince Charles along with his wife Camilla Parker today (Mar 28, 2006) visited Sri Anandpur Sahib and paid obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum of Gurdwara Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib and offered prayers at the birthplace of the ''Khalsa Panth' on the second day of their visit to Punjab.
Accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh along with his wife Maharani Parneet Kaur, Member Parliament from Patiala, PWD (B&R) Minister Partap Singh Bajwa and Finance Minister Surinder Singla, Prince Charles along with his wife and entourage reached by three special helicopters from Patiala.
Earlier before his departure from Patiala the Royal couple took a round of the historic Quila Mubarak with the Prince laying thrust on heritage conservation.
The royal couple remained inside the sanctum sanctorum for about 20 minutes and listened to the Gurbani Kirtan by Hazuri Ragi of Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib Bhai Ram Singh who recited the Shabad ''Jis Nu Baksh Laye Mere Piyare So Jas Tera Jave''.
Jathedar of Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Giani Tarlochan Singh presented a 'Siropa' (rob of honour) to Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker,the Duchess of Cornwall.
Later, Prince Charles and his wife witnessed Sikh marshal sports organised by the troupe of Nihangs led by Baba Nagar Singh of Tarna Dal and the students of Miri Piri Academy located at Chheartha Amritsar.
All the participants demonstrated their rare performance and talent skillfully through the sports of 'ghatka' and sword wielding.
Both Prince Charles and his wife signed the visitor's book on the occasion.
They also visited the prestigious Khalsa Heritage Complex (under construction) that would showcase the entire history of Sikhism right from its inception. They also took around of an exhibition at the Khalsa Heritage Project.
Mr D S Kalha, Chief Executive Officer Anandpur Sahib Foundation explained the salient features of the project to Prince Charles and his entourage. The Prince along with the Duchess later left for Chandigarh from where they will ply to Jaipur.
The Prince yesterday visited Bhatt Majra village in Fatehgarh Sahib district and also visited the proposed Food Park at Sirhind.
The Duchess had visited a Punjab Agro Industries exhibition at Patiala yesterday.
The Royal couple had stayed at the Moti Bagh palace, the private residence of Capt Singh at Patiala yesterday.