NOTE : It has been brought to my attention that the shastras in this exhibition may not be authentic. No authentication by leading historians has taken place. Authenticated shastras in India of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and his Sikhs are of exquisite design and of superior steel, these do not live up to those specifications.
Exhibition Of Shastras in West Yorkshire, UK.
A few years ago I went to an exhibition at a Gurdwara in West Yorkshire. To my amazement I found myself looking at a whole manner of very old Granths , paintings and Shastras. The Shastras were of particular interest to me when I read the little notices next to some of them. The Sword of Baba Ajit Singh Ji, the Khunjar of Baba Ajit singh Ji and the sword of Bhai Dhaya Singh Ji. Luckily I had a camera with me.

The following are some of the images I caught.

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1 A collection of swords belonging to Sikhs from the time of Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
2 This is the sword of Bhai Dhaya Singh Ji, the first of the Panj Piaray. Since there were no 'keep off' signs around I took the opportunity to hold it in my hands. A feeling of nervous excitement came over me as I held the 'shastra', this was the sword of The Bhai Dhaya Singh Ji !
3 The sword second from bottom is Bhai Dhaya singh Ji's. It was quite heavy and the outer scabbard was of a brown leathery material, rather worst for wear which is not surprising as this sword was used in the defenceof Dharam.
4 This shows part of the sword and the khunjar of Baba Ajit Singh Ji the eldest sahibzada (son) of Guru Gobind Singh Ji who was matyred at the seige of Chamkaur.
5 The signature of Guru Gobind Singh Ji on a Hukamnama.
6 Again, picking up the shastra of Baba Ajit Singh Ji filled me with a great sense of awe.
7 This is a scroll on which the Japji Sahib was been written by Bhai Hera Singh. This was Guru Gobind Singh Ji's personal copy and Guru Ji kept it within his 'cammer cusa'.
8 This is a Hukamnama written by Mata Sundri Ji