Sadhu Sundar Singh was born on the 3rd of September 1889 in Ludhiana, Punjab, India. He was the son of Sher Singh who was a Sikh. When Sundar was a young boy his mother took him to visit a Sadhu and sent him to learn English at Ewing Christian College in Ludhiana. He converted to Christianity as a teenager and was baptised in the Parish Church in Simla. As a Christian he still wore a turban and he chose to a yellow robe traditionally worn by a Hindu Sadhu. He trained for his ministry at the Anglican College in Lahore. He was ordained as an Anglican Deacon and travelled the world preaching. In 1920 he visited Australia and made such an impression on the Australian Christian Community that a stained glass window titled, “Sundar Singh” depicting his image wearing his turban and robe was commissioned and installed in all Saints Church, Bendigo, Victoria, in 1935, alongside tow other stained glass windows depicting biblical figures of the Prophet Isaiah and the Apostle St. Peter. The window is now in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Photo: Glen Clayton courtesy of the Art Gallery S.A.
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