Lahore : To commemorate the 180th death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, the Sikh ruler of Punjab, a life size statue of Maharaja on horseback will be unveiled at Lahore Fort on 27th June 2019 which is also the 180th death anniversary of Maharaja, whereas the statue has been sponsored to the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) by Bobby Singh, the President of SK Foundation based in United Kingdom.
The approximate weight of the statue is 250-330 kilograms (kg) and the material would include 85% bronze, 5% tin, 5% lead and 5% zinc while it took eight months to complete the statue and bringing it to Pakistan by the SK Foundation.
The Director Conservation and Planning WCLA Najam Saquib said that the Sikh community from United Kingdom had contacted WCLA for this statue and the case was presented before the Heritage Conservation Board who approved it. “The concept of a statue of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh on horseback was conceived by historian Bobby Singh Bansal, President of SK Foundation UK and Raj Kapany of Sikh Foundation (US) to promote the history of Punjab, especially Sikh Culture, Heritage and Tourism in Pakistan.
The statue which has been built by local artists in cold bronze, and will stand 7 feet high, is being gifted to the people of Pakistan by Bobby Singh Bansal to forge a unity of lasting friendship between the rich history of Punjab and to commemorate the Maharaja’s 180th death anniversary by its people – the Punjabis and Sikhs of Punjab, “Najam said.
The Director Marketing WCLA Asif Zaheer said, “The unveiling ceremony promises to an historical occasion for decades that will leave a lasting impression on the local people unaware of the rich heritage that exists in Punjab. We expect numerous officials and dignitaries to attend this ceremony at Lahore Fort on the 27th June 2019.
The statue is being placed near the Haveli of Maharani Jindan at Lahore Fort”.