Bhai Vir Singh museum in Amritsar fails to catch tourists' attention : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

Bhai Vir Singh museum in Amritsar fails to catch tourists' attention

Bhai Vir Singh museum in Amritsar fails to catch tourists' attention

The garden at Bhai Veer Singh Memorial Museum and Library in Amritsar. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Tribune News Service

Neeraj Bagga

Amritsar, December 4

The birth place of Bhai Vir Singh popularly known as Bhai Vir Singh Niwas Sthan, a four-acre property on the prime Lawrence road houses a museum, which is a treasure trove of books. Though the museum has a natural garden, which enhances its ambience, yet it receives hardly any visitor.

The tourist footfall in the city of Golden Temple is increasing. The government is invariably trying to explore more tourist destinations to prolong the stay of visitors which would spur the hospitality industry.

Once residence of Bhai Vir Singh, the place has been turned into a museum-cum-library, keeping alive the memories of the reformist. The property is known among locals as Bhai Vir Singh Hall, which is actually a gurdwara. A large number of locals visit the hall to attend family ceremonies. However, hardly any of them visits the library, which was once residence of Bhai Vir Singh.

The property has flower and fruit garden that has over 100-year-old heritage trees and is home to native birds.

Known as the fifth river of Punjab for his literary contribution, most of Bhai Vir Singh’s belongings — almost seven decades after his death — have been preserved at his residential quarters that include a dining room, an office-cum-reading room and a bedroom. His living room showcases the Padma Bhushan awarded to him in 1956 for his contribution to literature. Extracts from his writings adorn the walls and garden. His poems are a reminder of his love for nature and verse. Besides, the museum has a library with over 4,000 books on the Sikh history, general topics, poetry and short stories.

The premises also has a small meditation hut with an architecture and design similar to the holy Sikh Shrine of Shri Hemkunt Sahib.

Dr Sukhbir Kaur Mahal, former Director, Bhai Vir Singh Niwas Sthan, said the place holds immense tourist potential. Its custodians must approach the government to popularise the site among tourists.

About The Author

The Tribune News Service brings you the latest news, analysis and insights from the region, India and around the world. Follow the Tribune News Service for a wide-ranging coverage of events as they unfold, with perspective and clarity.

#Bhai Vir Singh #Sikhs

Top News

Fire in Kuwaiti building housing workers kills 35

Several Indians among 49 killed in blaze at Kuwait building

The fire started at kitchen in 6-storey building in Mangaf a...

3 security personnel injured in encounter in J-K’s Doda; suspected terrorist killed in Kathua

Terrorist, CRPF jawan killed in J-K’s Kathua; 6 security personnel injured in Doda encounter

In Doda district, 5 troopers of Rashtriya Rifles and an SPO ...

Water scarcity: Supreme Court slams Delhi government, asks what measures it has taken against tanker mafia in city

Water crisis: Supreme Court pulls up Delhi government for inaction against water tanker mafia

Himachal Pradesh government tells the top court that 137 cus...

Amritsar man dies fighting for Russian army, family seeks government help to bring back body

Amritsar man dies fighting for Russian army, family comes to know of it months later

The family came to know of the death only a couple of days a...


View All