Five Pirs (from Guru Nanak to Guru Arjan Dev) were there who drank from the five cups (of truth, contentment, compassion, dharama, discerning wisdom), and now the sixth great pir is holding the Guruship.
Arjan (Dev) transformed himself into Harigobind and sat majestically.
(Bhai Gurdas, Vaar 1, Pauri 48)
In remembrance of the Prakash Utsav of the sixth Guru, Sache Patshah Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, we share this painting by a Kashmiri painter from the 19th century, showing Guru Sahib in regal glory. The painting was probably part of a prayer book (Pothi) and Guru Sahib here is shown with all the symbols of royalty, from the raised throne, to the hawk held in one hand, the canopy above, the fly-whisk and of course the kalgi upon his dastaar.
Painting held by the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh.
It's sometimes difficult to buy art online without having seen the art in person. Well, if that's the case for you, come to the 'Jite Shastar Naamang' Exhibition this Saturday, 21st May at Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick where we will be exhibiting and selling our prints.
I always found the image on which the print is based to be quite unique. Most of the time when I've come across traditional art showing Nihang Singhs, it has always tended to show them in a poor light...