Golden Temple Model Auction: PM Modi's collection of gifts includes several remarkable pieces
Golden Temple Model Auction: In a bid to support the Namami Gange project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's gifts received during his foreign visits are set to go under the hammer once again. The Auction, which commenced on October 2 and will run until October 31, marks the fifth edition of this unique initiative. A dedicated website, pmmementos.gov.in, has been established to facilitate the auctioning of approximately 912 gifts, many of which have already attracted over 2,000 bids.
The Most coveted item in the collection is a painting of Banaras Ghat featuring Lord Lakshmi Narayan Bithal and Goddess Rukmini, meticulously crafted by renowned artist Paresh Maiti. As a result, this artwork has received the highest bid, an impressive sum of Rs 74.5 lakh. The auction event, held at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, has captured the attention of art enthusiasts and collectors alike.
Among the fascinating items on the auction list is a model of the Sri Harmandir Sahib of Amritsar, which will be up for bidding at a starting price of Rs 18,400. The exquisite Kamadhenu and a model of a famous historical Middle Eastern city monument have garnered significant interest, with enthusiastic bidders participating in large numbers.
PM Modi's collection of gifts includes several remarkable pieces such as paintings of Lord Lakshmi Narayan Vitthal and Goddess Rukmini, Aranmula Kannada, brass idols of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Lord Hanuman, the Sun Temple of Modhera, and the Vijaya Stambha of Chittorgarh. Among these, replicas of Chambe kerchiefs have been particularly popular due to their cultural significance.
The proceeds from this auction will be dedicated to the Namami Gange project, emphasizing the government's commitment to the cleanliness and restoration of the Ganges River. This noble cause, supported by the generosity of art lovers and collectors, reflects the collective commitment to preserving India's cultural heritage and environment.