Maharaja Ranjit Singh's 180th death anniversary falls on June 27 and according to a leading daily, the man will have a life-size sculpture made in commemoration. The sculpture would be unveiled outside the Sikh Gallery at Lahore Fort on his death anniversary.
A first of it's kind in Indo-Pak, the sculpture of this Sikh-Punjabi ruler will sustain 35 to 50 years with annual maintenance. The sculpture has Maharaja Ranjit Singh sitting on his favourite Arabic horse named Kahar Bahar. This particular horse was a gift to him by the Founder of Barakzai dynasty Dost Muhammad, and prominent rulers of Afghanistan during the first Anglo-Afghan War. Kahar Bahar was tiny in size but a very intelligent animal who went on to become a favourite of the Maharaja who himself was 5.5 inch in height.
More than a 1000 Indian Sikhs are reportedly going to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Lahore, which is also the Samadhi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The man was cremated there.
The sculpture is made under the supervision of Faqir Kahana Museum Director Faqir Saifuddin who calls it a tribute and homage to the son of the soil. Three members of his family Fakir Nooruddin, Fakir Azizuddin, and Fakir Imamuddin were emissaries to Ranjit Singh. The sculpture which finished in 8 months has a fiber cold bronze material finishing that makes it unmatched with the other statues in the region.
Sikh Heritage Foundation UK (SK foundation) Director Boby Singh Bansal has commissioned the sculpture which would be the second sculpture of its kind in Lahore.