Thursday, January 24, 2008

‘Kericho Wagon Works’ Pt 1 of 2

(By my Brother)
"Sant Baba Puran Singh Ji placed strong emphasis on the Sikh principle of 'gristi jeevan', living the life of a householder, will all its responsibilities to the family and society, rather than choosing a reclusive life of meditation. Sant Baba Puran Singh Ji emigrated to Kenya in 1916 and spent a total of forty-seven years in Kericho itself, where Baba Ji set up ‘Kericho Wagon Works’. There Baba Ji focussed on earning a livelihood, being a father to his family and helping others in the town, notably through municipal improvement schemes, such as the renovation of hospitals, schools and churches. In recognition of Baba Ji civic contributions, the town square was named Sant Puran Singh Square.

The spacious and monumental Gurudwara, which has become a stunning architectural landmark in the region, envelopes Baba Puran Singh Ji’s modest family residence as well as workshop – the ‘Kericho Wagon Works’ – which is still operating 79 years on since it was founded in 1925. The site has been gazetted by the Government of Kenya as a place of spiritual significance."
Info taken from sikh websites.

Below are some pics of one of the Wagons which were made.


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