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'Bhai Kanhaiya Singh Ji' by Pen-Tacular-Artist
'Bhai Kanhaiya Singh Ji'

This is a drawing Bhai Kanhaiya Singh Ji (1648–1718). which is for my 'Sikh art' exhibition taking place between the 2nd to 15th November at the Winns Gallery in Walthamstow. I have seen lots of artwork depicting Bhai Kanhaiya Singh Ji but none of them really represent the entire story in there depiction.

The story goes that Bhai Kanhaiya Singh Ji  that In 1704 he was on a visit to Anandpur when the city was invaded by the imperial Mughal army. During the frequent battles between the Sikhs and the enemy, Bhai Kanhaiya was often seen carrying a mashak (a spouch made of goat's skin that was used to carry water), to serve water to anyone who was thirsty.

He took upon the task of quenching the thirst of the wounded soldiers in the battle of Anandpur Sahib in 1704. He did this sewa with love and affection without any discrimination between the Guru's Sikh soldiers and the Mughal armies' soldiers (as you can see in my drawing he is giving water to the Mughal soldier, while the Sikh soldiers are crying for help in the background). His act of compassion stirred up stern criticism amongst his fellow Sikhs (the Sikh soldiers pointing in the right corner), who complained to Guru Gobind Singh Ji, pointing out that Bhai Kanhaiya Ji was serving water to the wounded soldiers from the enemy camp.

They were especially annoyed because the Mughals had surrounded the city and stopped all their food supplies, and here was Bhai Kanhaiya sharing with them what little water they had. They had tried to stop him many a time, but he would not pay any heed. Guru Gobind Singh summoned Bhai Kanhaiya and explained that he had received a complaint about his actions on the battlefield.

Guruji said, “These brave Sikhs are saying that you go and feed water to the enemy and they recover to fight them again – Is this true?”

Bhai Kanhaiya Ji replied "Yes, my Guru, what they say is true. But Maharaj, I saw no Mughal or Sikh on the battlefield. I only saw human beings. And, ... Guru Ji, .. they all have the same God’s Spirit? – Guru Ji, have you not taught us to treat all God's people as the same?"

The Guru was very pleased with the reply. Bhai Kanhaiya Ji had understood the deep message of Gurbani correctly. Guru ji smiled and blessed Bhai Kanhaiya. Guru Ji said, "Bhai Kanhaiya Ji, You are right. You have understood the true message of Gurbani". He then continued and told the Sikhs that Bhai Kanhaiya had understood the deeper message of the Gurus' teachings correctly and that they all have to strive to learn lessons from the priceless words of Gurbani.

Guru also gave Bhai Kanhaiya Ji medical Balm and said “From now on, You should also put this balm on the wounds of all who need it”'
Then turning to the sangat Guru Ji said, Saadh sangat ji, Bhai Kanhaiya is a God-fearing saintly soul. His impartial and non-biased behaviour towards others has led him to achieve Sehaj-avastha. Let him carry on with his mission. Many more will follow in his footsteps in the years to come and keep the tradition of Nishkam sewa alive."

I hope my interpretation gives a more honest account of what happened. Including the very difficult decision he made to do what was right even though it angered his fellow Sikhs. I have thought about this dilemma while drawing this piece, and still am not sure if I would have the compassion courage to do what he did.

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'Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale' by Pen-Tacular-Artist
'Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale'

Graphite and Charcoal drawing of 'Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale' for my upcoming 'Sikh art Exhibition' taking place at the Winns Gallery in London from 2nd till the 15th November.

.Bhindernwale is one of the most controversial figures in recent Sikh History. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale (2 June 1947 – 6 June 1984) was the leader of the Damdami Taksal (a Sikh religious group) and political revolutionary and is notable for his support of the Anandpur Sahib Resolu...tion. He called for a return to what is considered to be the "pure" roots of Sikhism. He advocated against the consumption of liquor, drugs and laxness in religious practices, such as the cutting of Kesh (hair) of the Sikh youth. And srongly condemned the Indian constitution's Article 25 declaring minorities such as Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists as part of Hinduism.

In August 1982, Bhindranwale and the Akali Dal launched the Dharam Yudh Morcha (battle for righteousness), with its stated aims being the fulfillment of a list of demands based on the Anandpur Sahib Resolution. Thousands of people joined the movement in the hopes of acquiring a larger share of irrigation water and the return of Chandigarh to Punjab.

Bhindranwale has been noted for strongly opposing prime minister Indira Gandhi for alleged policies against Punjab during Dharam Yudh Morcha . Later that year she ordered the attack on Golden Temple, Sikhism's most sacred shrine, in Amritsar on the martyrdom day of Sikh's 5th Guru, Guru Arjan when the complex was full with innocent pilgrims.

Since his death, Bhindranwale has remained a controversial figure in Indian history. While the Sikhs' highest temporal authority Akal Takht describe him a great martyr of the Sikh Nation, who made supreme sacrifice for the sake of faith, the Indian government views him as an extremist.

Although Bhindranwale has often been associated with the Khalistan movement, he neither opposed nor supported the formation of Khalistan:. In an interview, he stated that "we like to live together, we like to live in India", but did not object to the state's hypothetical creation. However, he did consider Sikhs as "a distinct nation".

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'Sant Isher Singh Ji' by Pen-Tacular-Artist
'Sant Isher Singh Ji'
Sant Isher Singh Ji was a very highly respected Sikh who was born on 5th August 1905, in Alowal, a village in Punjab India and passed away on the 25th August 1975. And this drawing is going to be exhibited at my 'Sikh art' Exhibition which is taking place in November.
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'The Golden Temple' by Pen-Tacular-Artist
'The Golden Temple'

This Is a drawing of the 'Golden Temple' but also has a little girl praying which is for my 'Sikh art' Exhibition taking place in November. This drawing is a combination of about 7-8 photos as I could not find a single picture to portray what I wanted.

The most popular name is the 'Golden Temple' but the real name is actually 'Harmandir Sahib' and also 'Darbar Sahib'. The "Golden Temple" is a prominent Sikh Gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. It was built by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ramdaas Sahib Ji, in the 16th Century. In 1604, Guru Arjun completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, and installed it in the Gurudwara.

There are four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib, which symbolize the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions. The present day Gurdwara was rebuilt in 1764 by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia with the help of other Sikh Misls. In the early nineteenth century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh secured the Punjab region from outside attack and covered the upper floors of the Gurdwara with gold, which gives it its distinctive appearance and its English name.

The Harimandir Sahib is considered holy by Sikhs. The holiest text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib,[6] is always present inside the Gurdwara. Its construction was mainly intended to build a place of worship for men and women from all walks of life and all religions to come and worship God equally. Over 100,000 people visit the holy shrine daily for worship.

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'Guru Tegh Bahaudur' by Pen-Tacular-Artist
'Guru Tegh Bahaudur'

This is a drawing of the ninth guru, 'Guru Tegh Bahadur' who was beheaded in 1675 at the age of 54. And  is part of my 'Sikh Art' exhibition taking place in November in Walthamstow East London. But before I go into the story behind the drawing I must clarify that this artwork has no relation to what is going on around the world today.

In the 17th century The Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb was trying to convert India into an Islamic country. In Kashmir some of the conversions in Kashmir happened peacefully but the policy was also done by converting non-Muslims by force. A group of Kashmiri Hindu Pandits, approached Guru Tegh Bahadur for help. They, on the advice of the Guru, told the Mughal authorities that they would willingly embrace Islam if Guru Tegh Bahadur did the same. Orders of the arrest of the Guru were then issued by Aurangzeb.

The Guru was arrested at a place in July 1975 called Malikhpur near Anandpur and they then departed to Delhi. Before departing he nominated his son, Guru Gobind Singh as the next Sikh Guru. He was kept in custody for over three month along with some of his followers, Bhai Dayala, Bhai Mati Das and Bhai Sati Das. Guru Tegh Bahadur was subjected to many cruelties, he was kept in an iron cage and starved for many days. The Guru was made to watch as Bhai Mati Das the devoted Sikh was tied between two pillars and his body split in two by being sawn alive. Bhai Dyala was boiled alive in a cauldron of boiling water and Bhat Sati Das was wrapped in cotton wool and set on fire.

Finally on November 11, 1675 The Guru was put in chains and ordered to be tortured until he converted. When he could not be persuaded to abandon his faith 'Guru Tegh Bahadur' was publicly beheaded with the sword of the executioner as he prayed. The Gurus body was left in the dust as no one dared to pick up the body for fear of the emperors reprisal. A severe storm swept through the city and under the cover of darkness a Sikh named Bhai Jaita managed to collect the Guru's sacred head and carried it off to Anandpur Sahib to the Guru's son.

Guru Tegh Bahadur is popularly known as "Hind Di Chadar" i.e. "The Shield of India", in reference to his supreme sacrifice to protect Hindus of India and the religious freedom of other non Muslims in Mughal India.

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Before i give my life story i just wanted to highligtht that my drawings will mainly consist of graphite. And will encompass a wide variety of different 'fanart' especially sci-fi, games and comic book characters,aAs well as traditioal portraits (which is not my strong point yet).

Now for my life story. I have been drawing and loved art for as long as i can remember and graduated with a degree in 'Product Design' 13 years ago. And I also had my comics strip published in a national U.K newspaper when i was only 15. But for reasons that are way to complicated to go into here, i abruptly stopped drawing. And all self belief and confidence in my drawing abilties vanished which left me having no interest in art or design and I subsequently did not draw for a full 11 years.

But in mid 2012 i had an urge to draw again so opicked up my bic biro pen and haven't really stopped. And I loved using all types of pen's (hence my name) to draw, with my favourite pens originally being 'bic pens', 'magic markers' and 'rotring isograph pens'. But haveing started using graphite in sept 2012, it has now overtaken them and has now become my favourite medium to use.

I am only now at a point (since my spiderman drawing) where i should have been, due to neglecting my skills for 11 years. But i am making up for lost time and drawing every day and will not be happy till my work is up to the standard of some other incredible artists on DA, like 'Angelstorm-82' . So to all the other amazing artist on here thanks for the inspiration that you give me.
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Fantastic gallery! =)
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Happy belated BirthdayFree Birthday Icon Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D happy DA B-day :3 
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