Guru Nanak Ji's four original Paintings - Portraits


Dhillon Sa'aB™
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Guru Nanak Ji's four original paintings / potraits were made during World Journey's / Udasis. One each in Rome, Cairo (Egypt), Baghdad (Iraq) and Sultan Pur Lodhi (Pakistan - Punjab) respectively.

According Sikh chronicals and other history books, four paintings of Satguru Nanak Sahib were made by the different painters of this world .

1) One by the men of Martin Luther named Lucas Cranach the Elder, made the oil painting of Satguru Nanak Sahib (as told by Prof. Baljit Singh Grewal" of S.D. Government College, Ludhiana and Dr. Ganda Singh,in 1978.....Yet to be found.

(2) The second painting of Almighty Satguru was made by a painter of Khair Buck in Cairo (Africa), the worthy Governor of Ottoman Empire in Cairo from 1517-1519. Satguru was in Cairo (Africa) in 1519......Yet to be found.

(3) The third painting in question, was made by Kamal-ud-din Behzad (1450-1535) of Tabriz, in Baghdad, when he was returnig from Haz on his way to Tabriz and accompaning Jiwan Qazi. Almighty Satguru Nanak Sahib was in Baghdad from November, 1519 to January,1520. Jiwan Qazi of Uch (in Multan Division), brought it to Multan in 1521 A.D.

Guru Nanak Dev - Kamal-ud-din Behzad.jpg

The great Sikh Researcher, Bhai Harpal Singh Kasoor, has been able to find one painting of Almighty Satguru made by the painter of Daulat Khan Lodhi. This is with the courtesy of Bibi Gurmit Kaur Sarpal and Bhai Dharam Singh , both of Calgary (Canada), who got this painting of Baghdad from a Sikh Shrine in Sri Kartarpur Sahib.

(4) Fourth painting of Satguru Nanak Sahib And Bhai Mardana Ji in 1499, when Sahibzada Sri Chand ji was just five year old and, and Sahibzada Lakhmi Das was just of a few months old. This portrait was made by Ustad Mohammed Hussain Chugtai of Daulat Khan Lodhi, (who was in Lahore Mughal court, PP 47 of" Punjab Paintings", by S.S. Srivastva, 1983). When almighty Satguru Nanak Ji and Bhai Sahib Mardana Ji were about to leave for first Udhasi from Sultan Pur Lodhi the family wanted to keep that painting in the absence of Almighty Satguru.
Guru Nanak Dev - Ustad Mohammed Hussain Chugtai.jpg

From left to right:
(1)---Satguru Nanak Sahib,
(2)--- Bhai Sahib Mardana Ji (with a Rabab on his left shoulder),
(3)--- Bhaia Jai Ram Ji,
(4)--- Mehta Kalyan Rai Ji ( worthy father of Nanuk Nirancari),
(5)--- Bebe Nanaki Ji (first Sikh of the Sikh- world),
(6) ---Mata Sulakhni Ji with Lakhmi Das,
(7)---Baba Sri Chand Ji.

The Chgtai painter has used oil colours in this portrait.( by courtesy of Bibi Balwant Kaur Ji ( Africa), chairperson, Bebe Nanaki trust,
Sultanpur Lodhi

The story behind this picture is that when Bibi Balwant Kaur Ji (Africa) was building a Gurdwara in Sultanpur they excavated a house. Inside the basement of this house they excavated they found this picture of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The Gurdwara that now stands where this picture was found is Gurdwara Bibi Nanaki- Sultanpur.


All are fake. I am an artist and also reading art history as well as History in general. All Paintings are done after 1900.