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Gateway to Sikhism


10th March


1644 Bhai Mani Singh Ji, a great martyr and Granthi of Harminder Sahib was born.
1746a Subaegh Singh and Mehtaab Singh Ji were martyred.
1746b All the Sikhs of Lahore were beheaded at Nakas. After the 1745, Sarbat Khalsa resolution, Sikhs attacked Lahore one evening and decamped with a large booty. Yahya Khan who had taken over as Governor asked Diwan Lakhpar Rai to displace the Sikhsfrom the nearby swamp hounts. One of the units led by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia on the way to the hills clashed with his younger brother Jaspat Rai and chopped of his head. Lakhpat Rai now in rage vowed to erase the Sikhs from the pages of history. He got a proclamation for general masscre of the Sikhs. All Sikhs of Lahore were beheaded at Nakhas on amavas, despite a petition by general body of Hindus that the executions should not take place at least on amavas. The Sikh scriptures that fell into his hands were desecrated and destroyed.
1846 British took Koh-i-noor from Lahore.
1923 Buta Singh, Lambardar of Nangal Shammann is murdered.
1946 Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) passed resolution for the formation of s Sikh State.
1996 GurSikh women participated in the cleansing of Sri Harimandir Sahib's floor in the Amrit Vela. GurSikh women including Bhai Fauja Singh's Singhni reached Darshani Doeri and joined others waiting for sewa. Everyone was meditating and reciting bani in preparation. Today, even Jathedar of Sri Akal Takhat had joined the group. Suddenly, most of the men, who had been sitting there moved away, and joined a crowd which had been forming in a tight knot near the right-hand nishan sahib. There was a sense of hostility. But everyone was assured because of the Jathedar's presence. Suddenly, the crowd swept over and surrounded the GurSikh women. They were engulfed in angry voices. The mob argued and screamed at the Jethadar. The men pressed against women - trying to push them back. But they held each other and stood our ground. The men were screaming at the top of their lungs and beating their chests. They yelled "Bole So Nihal ." and "Deg Teg Fateh" - as if it were theirs and not everyone's!

The Jethadar moved to the little office to the left of the gate. The crowd moved with him, maintaining its intensity. Everyone feared for him, as he seemed to be standing alone. Then, with a sense of triumph, men from the crowd made their way to the small door in the gate and went to begin seva. Everyone sat and waited, repeating Sukhmani Sahib.

At about 1:20AM, the Jethadar opened the door, and said invited everyone inside. Everyone walked down the long causeway, bowed at that heavenly door, and waited at the side for a sign of what to do. Initially, the men completed ignored everyone else. Most of the seva was already done anyway. Then Jethadar then guided everyone to go outside and do whatever cleaning needed to be done. There were brooms and several very kind GurSikhs helped everyone with cloths to wipe the brass and marble.

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