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Fate of Masa Rangar

Quazi Abdul Razak the Chief of Police of Amritsar was killed in an encounter with the Sikhs in October 1738. Masa Rangar was appointed in his place.

Masa Rangar converted Harmander Saheb into a vice den. The officials drank wine and smoked tobacco while the Nauch girls entertained them. By his orders all the Sikhs of Amritsar were hounded and killed. Hindus too were looted on the pretext of supporting the Sikhs.

Tej Ram, a resident of Amritsar whose house had been looted went to Bikaner and narrated his own story and the plight of Harmander Saheb to the Sikh contingent there The leader of the contingent informed the Sangat of the happenings at Amritsar and asked for a volunteer who would bring the back Masa Rangar's head. Two Sikhs, Bhai Sukha Singh and Mehtab Singh volunteered for the service.

After performing Ardaas before Guru Saheb both of them set out for Amritsar. They halted the night at Damdama Saheb. Next day disguised as Muslims carrying revenue collection from Patti they reached Amritsar. The two bags supposed to be containg money were actually filled with shredded pottery.

Entering Harmander Saheb they tied the horses with the Berry plant. Each one of them carried a bag on his shoulder. They saw Masa Rangar sitting on a cot drinking wine and smoking Hukka. The Nauch girls were dancing. They placed the bags on the floor near the cot saying that they had come to pay the revenue. When Masa Rangar bent down to see the contents of the bags one of the Sikhs swiftly pulled out the sword and cut off his head. He emptied one bag and put the swerved head in it while the other made short of the rest of the company of Masa Rangar.

In the confusion that prevailed around both the Sikhs moved out swiftly mounted on their horses and escaped. They halted the night at Damdama Saheb and presented the head to the Sangat the next day.

charr bohithhai chaalaso saagar leharee dhaee ||
I get on board the boat and set out, but the ocean is churning with waves.

t(h)aak n sachai bohithhai jae gur dhheerak dhaee ||
The boat of Truth encounters no obstruction, if the Guru gives encouragement.

thith dhar jaae outhaareeaa gur dhisai saavadhhaan ||
He takes us across to the door on the other side, as the Guru keeps watch.

naanak nadharee paaeeai dharageh chalai maan ||3||
O Nanak, if I am blessed with His Grace, I shall go to His Court with honor. ||3||

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