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Sant Baba Nidhan Singh Ji (Takht Sri Sachkhand Sahib)

Sant Baba Nidhan Singh Ji

Sant Baba Nidhan Singh Ji

 

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.

 

Dukh Bhanjani Beri (Bibi Rajni)

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.

Bibi Rajni

Bibi Rajni

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.

Dukh bhanjni beri

Dukh bhanjni beri

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.