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   SANT KARTAR SINGH JI KHALSA  BHINDRAWALE
   SANT JARNAIL SINGH JI KHALSA  BHINDRAWALE
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BABA GURBAKHASH SINGH SHAHEED (MARTYR)

Bhai Dasaunda Singh and Mata Lachhmi went to the holy feet of Sri Guru Gobind Singh from village Leehl (near Khemkarn) district Amritsar. With the holy orders of the great Guru, both of them served the Sangat and the Guru Ghar (abode of Satguru) with great devotion and whole-heartedly. According to their wishes the Guru bestowed his blessings on them and they were blessed with a son who was a brave saint-soldier. So the child Gurbakhsh Singh who was very good-looking, was born at village Leehl on Baisakh Wadi 5, Bikrami 1745.

At the age of 11, in Bikrami 1756 this child was baptized with eternal nectar. Baba Ji was of fifteen when his parents expired in Anandpur Sahib. He learned the meaning and thorough explanation of the Gurbani from Bhai Mani Singh and Baba Deep Singh. This way he became well versed in Sikh scriptures. After learning the use of different weapons and armaments he joined the Jatha of Baba Deep Singh.

At the time of leaving Sri Anandpur Sahib, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ordered Baba Gurbakhsh Singh to stay in Anandpur Sahib, so that the preaching of the Gurbani and the service and maintenance of the Gurdwaras should be continued. After the martyrdom of Baba Deep Singh, Baba Gurbakhsh Singh became the chief of the Taksal. Baba Gurbakhsh Singh would also write books of holy verses and hand-books of prayers like his predecessor Baba Deep Singh and would send them at proper places.

In 1822 Bikrami when Abdali attacked India tenth time, at that time Baba Ji was the Jathedar of the Akal Takht Sahib as well. He had his holy dip in the sacred tank along with 30 Sikhs of his Jatha. He made offerings of seven trays (Thais) at Sri Harmandir Sahib and five of Sri Akal Takht Sahib of the holy pudding. He adorned his head with a chaplet i and prayed before the holy Granth, which is embodiment of the ten Gurus.

My Sikh religion should be with me with hair
till I breathe my last.

He had the orders (Mukhwak) of the holy Granth and listened the Shabads which are in the form of Ghories (the praise of the bridegroom) in the holy Granth. Afterwards j he said, "Today I am going to wed the death bride." The Turks also attacked from the I other side. There was a pitch battle on both sides.

Baba Ji, and the Khan, who was having the title of Das Hazari, attacked each other ; at the same time and the heads of the both were chopped off at one and the same time.

Whenever the need arose we kissed,
Sometimes above and sometimes below the sword.

Baba Ji's body, below his head also started fighting, which frightened the enemy forces and they started fleeing. Baba Ji did away with many cruel enemies. At long last on the advice of a Muslim saint (Pir) Suba, the ruler came with offerings. He bowed before Baba Ji and said that in future no Turk will be disrespectful towards the Golden Temple, Sri Harmandir Sahib. He apologised for the sins of the past, and this way Baba Ji's body's lower portion rested in peace.

The last rites of Baba Ji were performed on the backside of Sri Akal Takht Sahib with full honour and respect. In his everlasting memory, a Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj has been constructed. He is considered to be one of the prominent Sikh martyrs. He was true to his words and deeds. He observed the way of life of a baptised Sikh in a very strict manner and lived the life of a saint-soldier.

They are always thinking the ways of murder.
We are fond of watching limits of excesses.

       
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