A Gurdwara in the Sikh stronghold of Southall will bid for an artefact of the last sovereign ruler of Punjab and the Sikh kingdom that goes on auction tomorrow.
The Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall has come together with stakeholders including activists, businessmen and community figures to acquire the earrings of Maharani Jind Kaur.
The auctioning of them tomorrow at Bonhams in London represents the first opportunity in over 150 years to re-acquire such a rare artefact from Sikh history. They are expected to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000.
Maharani Jind Kaur was the wife of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, ruler of the Sikh empire, who led the Khalsa in two wars against the British and was subsequently imprisoned and exiled, before escaping to England to see her son Maharaja Duleep Singh.
It is hoped that the entire Sikh community shows solidarity with Sri Guru Singh Sabha’s bid tomorrow in acquiring the earrings for their preservation within the Sikh community and display for generations of Sikhs to come.