A funding drive has been started to refurbish to broken dome of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara on Smethwick High Street, UK by November.
The landmark Sikh temple, which have been listed in ‘A History of England in 100 Places’ by Historic England, need restoration due to which a crowd-funding page was launched.
The iconic dome was built in the 1997 with 40 tonnes of concrete.
After years of weathering, lack of maintenance and pollution, the extensive work is needed to fix up and to complete the work, large amount of £150,000 is needed.
It was one of the first and oldest Gurdwaras in the UK, said a spokesperson for Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick.
“The Gurdwara Sahib is highly regarded as one of the finest buildings in the West Midlands and contributes to the rich heritage and impressive skyline of Birmingham. More recently Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick was included in the prestigious list of Historic England for one of the top ten places of faith and belief,” added the spokesperson.
“The impressive dome which crowns this remarkable building is in urgent need of restoration works so that it can be restored to its original majestic glory,” said Gurdwara’s spokesperson.
“With the continuous support of the wider community, we aim to complete this project by November 2019 to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh Guru,” said founder of the Sikh faith, Jaswinder Singh President.
Based on traditional Sikh architecture principles, the original dome design is similar to Amritsar’s Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, the highest seat of earthly authority of Khalsa.
The material for original dome was imported from Punjab in Northern India. The dome was plated using a brass alloy metal polished with a gold finish.
An online fundraising platform, JustGiving page states, “We humbly request everyone to share our campaign and to support this project, so that the Gurdwara gleams majestically once again.”
Here are the pictures of Gurdwara: