Mata Jioni and Bhagata Ji was blessed, when Baba Deep Singh Ji was born, in 1682. They lived in village Pohuwind in the district of Amritsar. Baba Deep Singh went to Anandpur on Vaisakhi in 1699, where he was baptized as Khalsa by Guru Gobin Singh Ji. After this he spend his time with Guru Gobin Singh Ji, learing weaponry, riding and other martial skills. He learnt reading and writing Gurmukhi from Bhai Mani Singh. After 2 years, in 1702, he went back to his village, got married and settled down. In 1705 Baba Deep Singh was summoned by Guru Gobin Singh Ji at Talwandi Sabo, where he helped Bhai Mani Singh Ji with writting Guru Granth Sahib(Holy Book of Sikh) and was announced as the caretaker of Sri Damdama Sahib, by Guru Gobin Singh Ji.
In April 1757, Ahmad Shah Durrani raided Northern India for the fourth time. While he was on his way back to Kabul from Delhi with precious booty and young men and women as captives, the Sikhs made a plan to relieve him of the valuables and free the captives. The squad of baba Deep Singh was deployed near Kurukshetra. His squad freed a large number of prisoners and raided Durrani’s considerable treasury. On his arrival in Lahore, Durrani, embittered by his loss, ordered the demolition of the Harmindir Sahib. The shrine was blown up and the sacred pool filled with the entrails of slaughtered cows. Durrani assigned the Punjab region to his son, Prince Timur Shah, and left him a force of ten thousand men under General Jahan Khan.
Baba Deep Singh, aged 75-years old, felt that it was up to him to atone for the sin of having let the Afghans desecrate the shrine. He emerged from scholastic retirement (he had been making copies of the Guru Granth Sahib), and declared to a congregation at Damdama Sahib that he intended to rebuild the temple. Five hundred men came forward to go with him. Deep Singh offered prayers before starting for Amritsar: “May my head fall at the Darbar Sahib.” As he went from hamlet to hamlet, many villagers joined him. By the time baba Deep Singh reached Tarn Taran Sahib, ten miles from Amritsar, over five thousand peasants armed with hatchets, swords, and spears accompanied him.
In 1757, he led an army to defend the Golden Temple. The Sikhs and the Afghans clashed, in the battle of Amritsar, at the village of Gohalwar on November 11, 1757, and in the ensuing conflict Baba Deep Singh was decapitated.
Deep Singh continued to fight after having been decapitated, slaying his enemies with his head in one hand and his sword in the other. Only upon reaching the sacred city of Amritsar, he breathed his last.
This tale recalls the words of the first Guru, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji:
Shouldst thou wish to play the game of love,
come unto my Path with thy head on thy palm.
And, once you step unto this path,
You may well give up thy head, rather than the cause.
Sant Baba Nidhan Singh Ji was born in 1882 in Nadalon village of Hoshiarpur district of Punjab, in the house of Sardar Uttam Singh, a Sikh Rajput of Parmar clan. Even as a young child his thoughts were on God as his mentor and teacher Sant Baba Diwan Singh Ji taught him the way of seva and simran in his early years. At the age of 18 he left his family and joined the military in Jhansi, but he never forgot waheguru, and used all his spare time in contemplation of God.
So after leaving the army he started his journey towards Nanded. He did seva at Takht Shri Sachkhand Sahib for twelve years with full devotion. When his ardent dedication he soon became a prominent figure at Sachkhand. But some jealous people started teasing him lot. So one day Baba Ji decided to return to Punjab and do seva there. He went to the Nanded railway Station and was waiting for the train and offering prayer, he suddenly noticed a special light coming from the sky and that he had actually had ‘Darshan’ of Guru Gobind Singh Ji along with his Eagle and Horse.
He said that Dashmesh pita asked him, “Where are you going? “ Baba Nidhan Singh Ji answered, “Here I am not able to seva whole heartedly so thinking of going back to Punjab and will do seva there”. Guru Gobind Singh then directed Baba Ji not to leave Nanded, telling him, “start the age old tradition of ‘Langar’ at Takht Shri Sachkhand Sahib by uttering these words – “HATH TERA KHISA MERA”, meaning that Baba Nidhan Singh should prepare Langar and see to its distribution among the devotees and leave the Guru to take care care of expenses. After that Baba Nidhan Singh Ji returned to the Gurdwara Sahib to establish langar.
In the initial days resources were scarce, Baba ji went through lots of hardship but as part of Guru Gobin Singh Ji’s promise (taking care of the expenses) and Baba ji’s faith on Guru Gobin Singh Ji and hardwork and commitment lead to the Langer’s continued existence on permanent footings. Slowly all the Khalsa started realizing importance of this langar and joined in the seva of Baba Nidhan Singh Ji. This is the main reason why thousands and thousands of devotees visit every day and have the Langar as Prasad of Gurudwara, even today with ever growing numbers of visitors to serve there is no shortage in Grudwara Langar Sahib. This is the magic of the words said by Kalgidhar Sachche Patshah (a title used for Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji during his lifetime, literally The Kalgi wearing Great King of Truth or True King) to a dejected and disheartened Baba Nidhan Singh. This Gurudwara is situated on the bank of holy river Godavari and is just a kilometer away from Nanded Station.
In his last address, Guru Gobind Singh Ji emphasized the importance of Langar and enjoined upon the Khalsa to continue this practise especially on this holy shrine, at all costs. At this, Bhai Santokh Singh, the first priest appointed at this holy shrine by Master himself with his folded hands, sought form Guru Ji, some clarifications for the time to come as to how to run the Langar and how to cover the costs, when no Khalsa was living in this corner of the country. Guru assured him not to be concerned for anything like this and to do his duty. Making some prophecies Guru Ji told him that there will be no dearth of the Khalsa in this part of the country and if the need be, he would send some Saint especially to raise a sangat if ever the need arose. With the passage of the time the institution of Langar was sometimes neglected by the then management and the Sikhs began to prefer the other works like construction of buildings, etc.
Guru ka Langar was restarted at this holy place by Sant Baba Nidhan Singh Ji in the year 1912, under the holy ‘enjoinder’ of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Before coming to this place, Sant Baba Ji had served for long twelve years, completely absorbed in deep meditation day and night, in Gurudwara Sachkhand Sahib when he was blessed with his Eternal light. The pious simple life full of Seva and Simran of Baba Ji was itself an inspiring example to the Sikhs. Baba Ji departed from his worldly life on 4th August 1947 and we see that Guru ka Langar is running in the same splendid manners since then for its worthy cause. Here priority of Seva goes to Langar which is available 24 hours, day and night, round the clock, without any discrimination. Hot tea is also served in the Langar whole day and one feels quite at home when reaching here after a long journey.
In the era of Guru Ram Das Ji – there was a revenue collector named Rai Duni Chand. He had 7 daughters and Bibi Rajni was Rai Duni Chand’s youngest daughter. One day all the 7 sisters were sitting together admiring their new dresses, Duni Chand looked at his daughters and asked all ‘Who gave you all these dress and all their gifts.’ All the 6 daughters expect Bibi Rajni said that its their father who give them the gifts but Bibi Rajni observed that all the gifts are ultimately from God. Their father was only an instrument of his greatness.
This was not the first time Biji Rajni said this, she always beleived and worshiped Waheguru. Her father became very angry and married her to a leper, saying that – now he will see how her God will help her lead a normal life. Bibi Rajni accepted her fate and worked very hard to maintain herself and her crippled husband.
She still had full faith on her God and kept repeating God’s name (Simran).
She had to beg for living but she always lovingly bathed, fed and cared her husband.
She use to go to different village to beg, pulling her ill husband in a small cart. One day Bibi Rajni reached the site of a pool on her way to a neighboring village. She left the cart containing her husband by the side of the pool, under the tree and gone off to look for food. In the meantime, her ill husband saw a black crow dip into the pool water and came out white. Amazed at this miracle, Bibi Rajni’s husband crawled up the pool and managed a dip, when he came up he found himself completely cured, he didn’t dip one finger into the pool and kept with leprosy marks, as prrof of his identity.
When Bibi Rajni came back to the pool, she couldn’t find her husband anywhere and became very worried thinking that she lost her husband forever. But then her cured husband came to her and explained her the whole story and also showed his diseased finger. Bibi Rajni and her husband were extemely thankful to God and spend their life happily, always remembering God.
The pool was none else than Dukh Bhanjani Brei – Sri Harminder Sahib(Golden Sahib’s) Sarovar, where Bibi Rajni’s leper husband and many more were cured.
Sakhi shows us that if we have and keep faith in God then one day all rewards are showers on us, we are always blessed by God. Bibi Rajni in every situation, always kept her faith in Guru Ji and God, being happy with whatever she had, thus was rewarded at the end.
Later – Bibi Rajni became mother of seven sons, the eldest was named Bhai Gurmukh, by Guru Ram Das Ji . Guru Ji asked her husband, Bhai Mohan to start trading of clothes, he earned a lot of money and became rich whereas, Bibi Rajni’s father Rai Duni Chand had very big loss in his trade and lived his last days with Bibi Rajni.
Hundreds of members of the Luton Sikh community protested outside local police station amid claims police failed to properly investigate about physical abuse on a young woman.
Khalsa – Birth of Sikhs (Vaisakhi)
Khalsa was founded by Sikh’s tenth Guru – Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1699 on the day of VAISAKHI.
On 30th March 1699 Guru Gobin Singh Ji requested his followers to congregate at Anandpur Sahib. Guru Ji had a small tent pitched on a small hill called Kesgarh Sahib. Guru Ji then said that today he need something from his followers, then drawing his sword Guru Ji asked for a volunteer who was willing to sacrifice his head.
No one came forward either on his first or second call but on Guru Ji’s third call Bhai Daya Ram came forward, Guru Ji took Bhai Daya Ram into the tent and then came outside again to ask for another Volunteer, this happened until Guru Ji got 5 followers.
In the tent Guru Ji poured clear water into an iron bowl and added Patashas (Punjabi sweeteners) into the water, which was stirred with double-edged sword accompanied with recitations from Adi Granth.
This mixture is called Amrit (Nectar). Guru Ji gave Amrit to the five volunteers who were willing to sacrifice their lives for their Guru, and were given the title of PANJ PIARE (the five beloved ones) by Guru Gobin Singh Ji.
The first five Sikhs of the Khalsa: Bhai Daya Singh, Bhai DHaram Singh, Bhai Himmat Singh, Bhai Mohkam Singh and Bhai Sahib Singh.
Guru Ji then had Amrit from Panj Piare and became Guru Gobin Singh Ji from Guru Gobin Rai Ji.
Guru Gobin Singh Ji then recited a line which has been the rallying-cry of the Khalsa since then: Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh (Khalsa belongs to God, victory belongs to God)
Guru Gobind Singh Ji gave the title of SINGH(lion) to male and and Kaur(lioness/princess) to females. There are 5 K’s which should be observed as a pledge of dedication to Khalsa:
1) Kesh: uncut hair is a symbol of acceptance of your form as God intended it to be.
2) Kangha: a wooden comb, a symbol of cleanliness to keep one’s body and soul clean.
3) Kara: an iron or steel bracelet worn on the forearm, to inspire one to do good things and also used in self-defense.
4) Kacchera: undergarment reminding one to live a virtuous life and desist from rape or other sexual exploitation.
5) Kirpan: a sword to defend oneself and protect other people regardless of religion, race or creed.
Guru Gobind Singh’s respect for the Khalsa is best represented in one of his poems:
” All the battles I have won against tyranny
I have fought with the devoted backing of the people;
Through them only have I been able to bestow gifts,
Through their help I have escaped from harm;
The love and generosity of these Sikhs
Have enriched my heart and home.
Through their grace I have attained all learning;
Through their help in battle I have slain all my enemies.
I was born to serve them, through them I reached eminence.
What would I have been without their kind and ready help?
There are millions of insignificant people like me.
True service is the service of these people.
I am not inclined to serve others of higher caste:
Charity will bear fruit in this and the next world,
If given to such worthy people as these;
All other sacrifices are and charities are profitless.
From toe to toe, whatever I call my own,
All I possess and carry, I dedicate to these people.”