Amritsar, home to the famous Harminder Sahib, popularly known as Golden Temple is one the heritage cities of India. The Golden Temple is one of Sikhism’s most spiritual and most visited gurudwaras. The city holds a rich history from the time of partition between India and Pakistan. It also has the famous Wagah Border which holds a ceremonial flag retreat by both the countries. The history of the city is also depicted by Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum which depicts the history and the story of the Sikh ruler Ranjit Singh. It is an important place to visit in Amritsar in order to learn more about its history.
About Maharaja Ranjit Singh
Maharaja Ranjit Singh was an important Sikh ruler who ruled the northwest Indian subcontinent during the 19th century. The very first heroic story of the king was his fight with smallpox during his early age. This deadly illness at that time took away from the king his eyesight making him completely blind. Even after this, the king fought many battles through his early age and was declared as the KIng of Punjab. Under him, the kingdom of Punjab saw many reforms, modernization and included Hindus, Muslims, Europeans, all under his government.The king also reconstructed all the major gurudwaras of the city like the Harminder Sahib and many others. WIth time he was also named as the Lion Of Punjab.
As time went on the king suffered through various illness. As a frequent drinker, he suffered through major diseases like that of liver failure. Ultimately, Maharaja Ranjit Singh died due to stroke and liver failure while he was asleep.
Facts About Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum in Amritsar has been made after the great Sikh ruler Ranjit Singh. The museum depicts not only the story of the king but also about the Sikh culture and religion. The museum walls are inscribed with Sikh teachings that form an essential part of the culture. The museum also consists of many belongings of the king like his armor and swords, coins, jewelry, manuscripts and much more.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum’s distance from Golden Temple is only 4.1 kms, in Ram Bagh. Different public transports are easily available to travel between the two places. The museum also has an alternative, Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum in Ludhiana which acts as another major tourist attraction, which has been made especially for the gallant warriors of the state.
2. Timing And Ticket Price
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum timings are from 10 AM to 5 PM. The museum remains closed on Monday.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum ticket price ranges from kids to adults. While it is Rs. 40 per person for adults, it is Rs. 10 per person for children and free for kids below 5 years of age.
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Places To Visit Near The Museum
Apart from the historic museum tourists can also visit two more amazing places near the main museum. The two most visited sites near the museum are listed below.
1. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama
The Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama is situated close to the main museum. This place holds a variety of Sikh weapons, manuscripts, artifacts and panoramas. If visiting the main museum it is highly recommended to visit here as well.
Location- Mall Road, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Nagar, Ram Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab
2. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Statue
The statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh is an eye soothing statue created in near the museum. The statue has been built in the memory of the king and shows the king riding on his horse prepared for war. A look at the statue will leave your jaws dropped because of its size and beauty.
Location- Maharaja Ranjit Singh Nagar, Company Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab
Amritsar is not only famous for its food and culture but its history has a deep impact on the people throughout the world. The Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum is an important part of the history of Punjab that helps us understand the formation of statehood in the region and how the king kept people from all religions in his government. Plan an amazing trip to Punjab on your next vacation to learn more about its history and culture.
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