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  • Artist: Tarveen Kaur
  • Title: Dhirmal Dispute
  • Medium: Watercolor on cold press paper
  • Country: United States

Guru Tegh Bahadur’s anointment as the successor to Guru Harkrishan was met with great aggression by his nephew Dhirmal; who wanted the title of Guru for himself. Dhirmal sent upwards of 100 armed men to storm the unguarded house of Guru Tegh Bahadur in Baba Bakala. The group was led by a masand named Sheeha, and it was he who shot his matchlock rifle at the Guru, grazing the Guru’s forehead. Mata Nanaki protected Guru Tegh Bahadur from further attacks and chastised the group with her fierce and piercing words.


Tarveen Kaur

Tarveen Kaur is an artist, educator, yoga instructor, and a homemaker who lives in Washington DC area, United States. Born and brought up in a Sikh family in Delhi, growing up Tarveen loved to draw and paint; and nurtured by her mother’s love for Gurbani, her interest in Gurbani flourished and grew. As a grown-up expressions and experiences of Sikhi through Art, Clothing, Design and Music intrigued her; which led her to pursue design education at NIFT, Delhi and later Masters in History and Culture from University of the Arts in London. She paints in a variety of mediums including watercolor, ink, oils in addition to digital art. She continues to explore her own inquisitiveness through her art and teaching practices.