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7th July



Eighth Patshah, Guru Harkrishan Ji enlightened this planet. He was born in Shish Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) at Kiratpur, district Hoshiarpur in Guru Har Rai and Matta Krishen Kaur's home. Today is the actual date of Guru Sahib's birth, although Guru Khalsa Panth observes it on a different date.

==> Guru HAR KRISHAN Patshah (1656-1668), was born on monday, Sawan 8 sunmat 1713 (July 7, 1656) at Kiratpur, to father Sri Guru Har Rai Patshah and mother Matta Krishan Kaur. On Katak 8 sunmat 1718 (Oct. 7 1661), Guru Sahib ascended to Gur Gadhi. Based on the complaints of Baba Ram Rai, Guru Sahib were summoned to Aurangzeb's court in Delhi. While in Delhi, Guru Sahib suffered from small pox (Chaechak) and subsequently left for heavenly abode on Vaisak 3 sunmat 1721 (March 30, 1664). Two historical Gurudwaras marking Guru Sahib's visit to Delhi include Balla Sahib and Bangla Sahib.

Guru Har Krishan, served as the eighth Guru of GurSikhism for a total of 2 years, 5 months and 26 days. Guru Sahibs's entire journey through our planet totaled to 7 years, 8 months, and 26 days.
Sri Har Krishan Dayia Jit Ditha Sab Dukh Jae (Chandhi 3)

-Ref. Mahan Kosh (pp. 265)

1799 Maharaja Ranjit Singh wrested the control of Lahore from Bhangi confederacy and hosted the Kesri Flag.

Sher-i-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh captured Lahore with the aid of his mother-in-law Sada Kaur. He wrested the control from Bhangi confederacy and hosted the Kesri Flag. Shortly afterwards, he became the Maharaja of Punjab.

==> SADA KAUR - Maharaja Ranjit Singh's mother-in-law and Maharani Matab Kaur's mother, widow of Kanaiya Misl's Sardar GurBakash Singh. After her husband's death, she took charge of the misl and quickly became popular as a result of her bravery and intellect. She used all her powers and forces to help her son-in-law for a long period. However, in 1821 some misundertsandings developed her and her son-in-law and eventually lost her misl. Her daughter, Matab kaur was mother of Maharaja Sher Singh.

-Ref. Mahan Kosh (pp. 151)

1856 Bhai Maharaja Singh died in Singapore. He single-handedly carried the Sikh struggle after the annexation of Punjab by the British. The anarchy preceeding the annexation of Punjab by the British and the bloody wars stifled the will of the Sikhs and they failed to resist the annexation of their kingdom. However, it was Bhai Maharaja Singh who carried the struggle single handed. He planned to take away Maharaja Dalip Singh from Lahore Fort and start the freedom struggle in the Bist of Jullundur Doab in his name. But he was caught unaware in an enclosure near Adampur on the basis of information given by a Muslim informer to Mr. Vansittart, The then, Deputy Commissioner of Lullundar. This lead to his deportation to Singapore, where he dies on this day.

-Ref. Babbar Akali Movement - A Historical Survey, by Dr. Gurcharan Singh, Aman Publications, 1993.

1878 Birthday, Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Ji.
1923 SGPC sends first Enquiry Committee to probe the excesses by the police in the Doaba.
1925 SGPC assumes control of Gurudwaras. Gurudwara Sudar movement, that attempted to release Gurudwaras from the clutches of evil pujaris, mahants, etc., was successfully concluded after continuous five years effort that accounted for numerous sacrifices and shaheedhis. Punjab Legislature finally passed the Gurudwara act and handed over the control of Gurudwaras to Panthic Jathaebandhi (SGPC).
1946 Jawaharlal Nehru issued false statements to Sikhs.

Pandit Jaeaharlal Nehru states in a press conference held in Calcutta:

The brave Sikhs of Punjab are entitled to special consideration. I see nothing wrong in an area and a set up in North, wherein the Sikhs can also experienece the glow of freedom.
(Statesman, Calcutta, 7th July 1946)

On yet another occasion Nehru states:

Redistribution of provincial boundaries was essential and inevitable. I stand for semi-autonomous units as well. If the Sikhs desire to function as such a unit, I should like them to have semi-autonomous unit within the province so that they may have a sense of freedom.
(A National Book Club Publication, pp. 147)

Subsequently, history has shown these statements to be false promised and delibrate deception for the Sikhs. will strive to be most comprehensive directory of Historical Gurudwaras and Non Historical Gurudwaras around the world.

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