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Chalitar Joti Samavane ki

CHALITARJOTl JOTI SAMAVANE KE, one of a collection of seven unpublished Punjabi manuscripts held in the Khalsa College at Amritsar under catalogue No. 1579E. Comprising a bare three folios (306308), it is divided into two sections. The first part (ft. 306307) entitled "Verva Guriai ka Likhia," lit. details recorded of the guruship, gives the duration for which each of the ten Gurus occupied the holy seat, followed by a vague remark that 24 years and 3 months have elapsed since he passed away, implying thereby that the writing took place 24 years and 3 months after the death (in 1708) of the tenth and last of the Gurus, Guru Gobind Singh, which takes the date of the compilation of the manuscript to 1732. The second part, ft. 30708, records dates of the passing away of six of the Ten Gurus, Guru Nanak, Guru Angad Dev, Guru Hargobind, Guru Har Krishan, Guru Tegh Bahadur and Guru Gobind Singh. The author has also mentioned the day and time of Guru Tegh Bahadur's execution Thursday, about 1 p.m. The dates given are generally reliable. The manuscript concludes with the statement that Guru Gobind Singh had passed on the office of Guru to the Khalsa.

 

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