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Monday, 30 November 2020

Badnore to inaugurate Museum of Trees today

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29

On the occasion of the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev tomorrow, the Governor of Punjab and UTAdministrator, VP Singh Badnore, will inaugurate the Museum of Trees in the city.

The inauguration will be doen online because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ex-member of Parliament and Chairman, Minorities Commission, Tarlochan Singh and PHDCCI president Karan Gilhotra will participate in the web inauguration.

Conceived and curated by ex-IAS officer and author DS Jaspal, the Museum of Trees is a grove created out of genetically true replicas of sacred trees of Sikhism. Naming of shrines after trees is unique to the Sikh religion.

The project has been funded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and is promoted by Chandigarh Nature and Health Society, a registered NGO.

It is India's only outdoor walkthrough museum where visitors can see genetically true replicas of different sacred trees.

Alongside each tree are eight foot high panels that carry a picture of the tree, along with a description of botanical features and its relationship and historical and religious background of the shrine.

The museum has successfully reproduced genetically true replicas of 12 sacred trees, including Dukh Bhanjani ber tree of Golden Temple; ber tree of Gurdwara Ber Sahib, Sultanpur Lodi; and ber tree of Gurdwara Babe-di-Ber, Sialkot, Pakistan.

from The Tribune

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