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Vaisakhi 1699 Birth of the Khalsa

Vaisakhi 1699 Birth of the Khalsa

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All paintings are shipped rolled in a secure mailing tube to ensure safe delivery (frames are not included).  We offer the highest quality fine art prints in three different formats. Our premium product is the limited edition artist hand-signed Premium Canvas. This museum grade canvas looks and feels just like an oil painting and can be displayed without glass. Equally beautiful are our fine art prints on Textured Watercolour paper, selected by the artist for its beautifully textured all natural finish and our Enhanced Matte paper which is a quality economical art paper with a smooth finish.

We are happy to assist you through the framing process and can recommend local frame shops in your areas where we have contacts.  Please email us at after placing your order if you have have questions about the framing process or any of our products.

Premium Canvas

Our highest quality product is the Giclee fine art prints on Premium Canvas.  This museum quality print produces vibrant colours and is made to look like an original oil painting. This elegantly textured canvas features a matte non-reflective surface with a bright white point, exceptionally high Dmax and wide colour gamut. Premium Canvas prints are initially offered as part of a Limited Edition series of 100 copies hand-signed by artist Kanwar Singh.


  • Extra 3 inches of canvas added to all sides to allow for stretching
  • Cotton fabric textured finish, all nature acid-free canvas
  • Clear UV protective coating applied to canvas to allow for glass-free framing
  • 395 gsm Weight, 23 mil Thickness, lignin and acid free
  • Lab tested to last over 200 years without fading

Textured Watercolour Paper

Giclee fine art prints on Textured Watercolour paper is a cotton rag media with luxurious weight that delivers museum quality appearance.  This paper has an extremely-high colour gamut and black density.  Selected by the artist for its quality and the beautiful texture.


  • Bright Textured Matte Finish
  • All nature acid-free paper
  • Opacity 98%, ISO Brightness 96%
  • Lab tested to last over 120 years without fading

Enhanced Matte Paper

Giclee fine art prints on Enhanced Matte Paper is an un-textured bright, white paper which yields highly saturated images for a ‘painterly’ look.


  • Bright Textured Matte Finish, all nature acid-free paper
  • Thickness 10.3 mil, Basis weight 192 gsm
  • Opacity 94%, ISO brightness 104%
  • Lab tested to last over 80 years without fading

Gifts Cards

Artofpunjab e-Gift Cards will be delivered by email and will contain a unique code to be used at checkout for its value. These cards offer the unique and specials gift of art for your family and friends. Great for weddings, engagements, birthdays, anniversary, house warmings and more. Your loved ones can select a unique painting of their choice from artist Kanwar Singh's extraordinary collection of over 40 paintings. This truly inspiring gift will last a lifetime.

The creation of all Fine Art prints are overseen by the artist Kanwar Singh before shipping to ensure high quality and superb colours.

We offer FREE worldwide shipping on all orders over $100 Canadian dollars and free shipping on all orders inside Canada.  A flat rate shipping fee of $9.95 CAD is applied to orders under $100 CAD outside Canada.  

Paintings are shipped WORLDWIDE in a secure mailing tube with guaranteed safe delivery (frames are not included).  

Order Preparation Time

We require 1 week to prepare your order. This time is used to ensure your print meets our high quality standards. The Giclee fine art printing process we use offers the best colour accuracy for print reproduction and is considered the gold standard of the art print industry. 

For canvas orders, extra time may be required for the application and drying of the UV and scratch resistant coating which will greatly extend the life of the canvas. Most people prefer to frame canvas prints without glass and this provides the necessary protection for glass free framing.

If you require a RUSH delivery for a special occasion or event please email us after placing the order at and we will do our very best to accommodate. 

We are confident in the quality of our high quality prints and your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may return it within 30 days of receiving the artwork for a full refund on the price of the item. Shipping charges are not refunded.

All prints must be returned to ArtofPunjab directly. Please email us at prior to mailing a return to avoid additional duty charges.  Prints must be undamaged and in the original packaging.  If 30 days or more have passed since your purchase, we cannot offer you a refund or an exchange.

Upon receipt of the returned item we will process a refund and a credit will automatically be applied to your original method of payment. Any amounts refunded will not include the cost of shipping.

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The Story

On the day of Vaisakhi in 1699 at Anandpur, the Sikh faith underwent its greatest transformation. Guru Gobind Rae, son of the martyred ninth master, Guru Tegh Bahadur had come to the realization that his Sikhs must adapt or perish in these perilous times. He sent forth messages across India and asked Sikhs to congregate at Anandpur at the annual Vaisakhi festival. They came from far and wide, each starkly different in costume and custom from their fellow brethren, but all united by the teachings of Guru Nanak.


Guru Gobind stepped onto the stage along with Mata Sahib, unsheathed his sword and demanded that a Sikh amongst them should prove his devotion by offering their head to the Guru. The congregation fell silent and some started to creep away now that the festival had taken a darker turn. In dismay, some Sikhs even went to the Guru’s mother so that she might beseech him to relent in his demand. She would not act and the Guru persisted. Finally a hand rose to the sky. His name was Daya Ram, a devoted Sikh from Lahore. He alone stood tall amongst a crowd of a hundred thousand. Mata Sahib beckoned him onto the mud built stage and the Guru took him into the tent to perform the sacrifice, away from the eyes of the congregation. Time passed. The Guru remerged from the tent alone, with a sword slick with blood. Four more times he asked for a head and four times a hand emerged from the crowd. When the last of these brave souls was lead away by the Guru, the faint of heart had long since withered from amongst the devotees.


Only those who were compelled by their faith stood witness to the great event. The Guru emerged from the tent accompanied by the five beloved ones, not slain but garbed in the fabled blue of the Khalsa. He awakened them to the brave new order by performing the ceremony of Amrit, declaring them his Panj Piaray, his five beloved ones. Together they were now equal to the Guru himself, and they in turn baptized him. He would now be forever remembered in hearts of Sikhs as Guru Gobind Singh, the father of the Khalsa. Mata Sahib, who lovingly ushered the first five, would be its mother.


As that auspicious day wore on, the Sikhs who had remained were each in their turn transformed and left Anandpur as part of great brotherhood of Singhs and Kaurs. Though their will would be tested time and again in that barbarous age, the gift of union they had shared with their Guru on that day would forever hold them to their faith.