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Today in Sikh History :11th April


11th April


1748a Jassa Singh Ahluwalia killed Salabat Khan, then Governor of Amritsar. Diwan Kodha mal mordered Lakhpat Rai on April 13, 1748 and an intense battle erupted among the Manawala and Deburji.

Sardar Kapur Singh mover with his forces towards Lahore. Meanwhile what ever Jagir that fell into the hands of the Sikhs was used for Guru Ka Langar.

1748b Meer Manu became Punjab’s Governor.
1762 Ahmed Shah Abdali blew off Sri Harmindir Sahib, desecrated and filled the sarowar (sacred tank) with garbage.

In 1755, Ahmad Shah Abdali attacked India for the fourth time. After looting Mathura, Bindraban, Agra, and Delhi, he brought back jewelry, gold and thousands of young Hindu men and women. In order to liberate the enslaved hindus, Baba Deep Singh and his associates attacked Durani near Peepli and Markanda (now in Haryana). The infuriated Abdali, made his son, Tamur Shah, as the subaedar of Punjab and Jahan Khan as his General. He ordered them to kill all Sikhs and demolish Darbar Sahib, Amritsar. Following orders, Jahan Khan went to Amritsar with heavy artillery. Baba Gurbaksh Singh along with 30 other Sikhs fought back, but unfortunately, Jahan Khan demolished Darbar Sahib, its surrounding buildings and filled the sarovar with garbage.

1883 Khalsa Diwan founded at Amritsar.

Khalsa Diwan was founded at Amritsar. This body too like the previous ones, from its very inception, was torn by internal dessensions, and teh tussle for supremacy between teh Amritsar and the Lahore parties wrecked it. This led to the formation of an independent Khalsa Diwan at Lahore in 1886. The leaders of the Lahore Diwan were progressive where as the Amritsar Diwan was the stronghold of the conservative elements mainly the aristocrats and Mahants. The latter failed to appreciate the wind that was blowing to restore Sikhism to its pristine glory. Nonetheless during this period, the Sikhs were able to co-operate despite mutual acrimony and dissensions.



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