• Short Summary

    HISTORIC RELICS OF GURU GOBIND SINGH, A REVERED TEACHER OF THE SIKH RACE, HAVE BEEN FLOWN FROM LONDON TO DELHI AND RECEIVED WITH COLORFUL CEREMONY BY THE INDIAN PRIME MINISTER, MR SHASTRI.

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    MR SHASTRI AT AIRPORT AMONG CROWD; SIKH GUARD; MR SHASTRI UP STEPS OF PLANE; RELICS SHOWN TO CROWD; CROWD ON PROCESSIONAL ROUTE; RELICS IN TRUCK; CAMELS; HORSES; ELEPHANTS IN PARADE.




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    Background: HISTORIC RELICS OF GURU GOBIND SINGH, A REVERED TEACHER OF THE SIKH RACE, HAVE BEEN FLOWN FROM LONDON TO DELHI AND RECEIVED WITH COLORFUL CEREMONY BY THE INDIAN PRIME MINISTER, MR SHASTRI. THE RELICS WERE RECENTLY ACQUIRED BY THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF LORD DALHOUSIE, WHO FIRST TOOK THEM TO BRITAIN WHEN HE WAS VICEROY OF INDIA.

    THE ARRIVAL OF THE RELICS ON SATURDAY RECALLED A PAST AGE IN INDIA. GURU GOBIND SINGH WAS ABLE TO MOULD THE SIKHS INTO A FIGHTING COMMUNITY IN THE 17TH CENTURY, LEADING THEM IN REVOLT AGAINST THE MOGHULS. HISTORIC WEAPONS HE USED IN BATTLE ARE AMONG THE RELICS: THE SHIELD, DAO-I-AHINEE (MADE OF IRON), SHAMSHERE TEGH (SCIMITAR); GOLD CHAKRA BURCHEE (SMALL SPEAR) AND BURCHA (LONG SPEAR).

    PRIME MINISTER SHASTRI PERSONALLY RECEIVED THE ARMS AT DELHI AIRPORT, AS THOUSANDS OF INDIANS SURGED INTO A TEN-MILE CEREMONIAL PROCESSION TO A SIKH TEMPLE, GURDWARA RAKAB GANJ. DEVOTEES THREW FLOWERS AND GARLANDS ONTO A TRUCK WHICH CARRIED THE RELICS TO THE TEMPLE.

    ELEPHANTS, CAMELS AND HORSES CARRYING SIKHS IN THEIR TRADITIONAL FIGHTING UNIFORMS ADDED TOT HE SPECTACLE NINETY-ONE AKALI SEBADARS MADE UP A GUARD OF HONOUR FOR THE RELICS, WHICH WERE RELEASED BY LORD DALHOUSIES'S DESCENDANTS AT THE SPECIAL REQUEST OF THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5D04CA0AZ3JRTTQ9VMXSECJF5
    Media URN:
    VLVA5D04CA0AZ3JRTTQ9VMXSECJF5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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