Maharaja Ranjit Singh Birth Celebration in India

A valiant warrior and a wise ruler of Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh is also known as the Sher-e-Punjab or the Lion of Punjab for his valour. He is respected as one of the most revered heroes in the Indian history. People of Sikh community celebrated the 239th birth anniversary with zeal and enthusiasm this year, too. Besides, the students and faculty members of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University (MRSPTU), Bathinda commemorated the birth anniversary of the great leader of Punjab on November 13, 2019 with great alacrity. 

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Maharaja Ranjit Singh Biography 

The great leader of the Sikh empire, Ranjit Singh was born on November 13, 1780, Budrukhan, also known as Gujranwala, which is now in Pakistan.

Ranjit Singh began his military career as a 10-year-old and became emperor at 21. He was the leader of the Sikh Kingdom, which ruled the northwest Indian subcontinent in the early half of the 19th century.

Ranjit Singh started his military career as a 10-year-old. After his father died, he fought several wars to expel the Afghans in his teenage years and became emperor of Punjab at 21. 

He was known for his remarkable achievements. 

Popularly known as the Lion of Punjab, Ranjit Singh’s supremacy introduced modernisation, reforms and investment into infrastructure and general prosperity. His Khalsa Army and government included Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Europeans. His bequest includes an era of Sikh cultural and artistic renaissance, including the rebuilding of the Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar and many other gurudwaras, including Takht Sri Patna Sahib, Bihar and Hazur Sahib Nanded, Maharashtra under his sponsorship.

Ranjit Singh’s birth name was Buddh Singh which was changed to Ranjit (which means the one who is victorious in battle) by his father to honour his army’s victory over the Muslim Chatha chieftain Pir Muhammad.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh was succeeded by his son Maharaja Kharak Singh.

Besides, Ranjit Singh was reported to be short and unattractive. He was blind in one eye and had a face pitted with pockmarks. He was a lover of life and liked to surround himself with handsome men and women. Also, he used to enjoy horse riding, hunting and consuming strong liquor.

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Ranjit Singh passed away on June 27, 1839, in Lahore. 

Maharaja Ranjit Singh: Memorials and Museums 

Samadhi of Ranjit Singh in Lahore Pakistan marks the place where Maharaja was cremated, and four of his queens and seven mistresses committed sati. 

In August 2003, a 22-foot-tall bronze statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was installed in the Parliament of India. 

Several objects related to Ranjit Singh like including arms and armour, paintings, coins, manuscripts, and jewellery are on display in a museum at Ram Bagh in Amritsar. 

In June, 2019, a nine feet tall statue, made of cold bronze, showing the regal Sikh emperor sitting on a horse with a sword in his hand was unveiled at the Lahore Fort, Lahore, Pakistan in the Mai Jinda’s Haveli. 

Burj Vaniake is the monument related to Maharaja Ranjit Singh and it is located in Amritsar. The Sikh ruler used to stay there and even hold his durbar. Sadly, the monument is in dilapidated condition now and could collapse any day.

There’s in one more monument named ‘Pul Kanjari’, where nautch girl Moran used to entertain the Maharaja. It is preserved with private efforts.

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