The recreational activities are important for the physical and mental well-being of students and are being used as tool to improve concentration skills, manage anxiety and stress. Therefore, to lessen the academic pressure and for the holistic development of students, the department of Life Sciences, Allied Health Sciences & Agriculture Sciences along with department of Physical Sciences organized a recreational one day trip for the students on 18th November. A group of 72 students with six faculty members from both departments departed from university at about 10:00 am. We reached the venue, holy town Anandpur Sahib, Roopnagar at around 12:30PM.
First, we visited the Gurudwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib which is the principal Sikh temple in the town. This marks the birthplace of Khalsa and one of the five religious authorities (Five Takhts) of Sikhism. After Darshan (paying obeisance to) of Shri Guru Granth Sahib, all students enjoyed food at Langar Hall in the Gurudwara campus.
Thereafter, we went to see the sikh heritage museum, Virasat-E-Khalsa which was just about 1.5 Km from the Gurudwara Sahib. This museum has been recognized as the most visited museum in Indian subcontinent. We were allowed to enter the museum in groups of tens.
The structure of the museum building is an architectural wonder. There are 13 galleries reflecting the rich culture and heritage of Punjab. This museum gives insights to the events that took place long ago in Punjab and led to the birth of Sikhism. Also throws light on the vision of great Gurus, the eternal message of peace and brotherhood to whole mankind. It took almost two hours to visit the museum and exhibition galleries. Then students enjoyed snacks and tea from the eatery outlet and clicked some pictures. It was really pleasant and an incredible experience for all of us. Then we returned back with so many beautiful pictures and memories.