INDIA: Dedication & Coronation

The Maharaja of Patiala, 31, rose to his full 6 ft. 3 in. in his stocking feet. The leader of India's six million warrior Sikhs and ruler of the Punjab's No. 1 state had a duty to perform.

He was honoring Guru (Teacher) Govind Singh and his two martyr sons, by breaking ground for a shrine for them. The story goes that Guru's sons were captured by the Moslems (circa 1700) and held as hostages until their father should renounce his faith. When he refused, the Moslems built a tomb over the two...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!