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Today in Sikh History – 9th October

9th October


Sikh masses rediscovered their Ninth Guru with the help of Makhan Shah. Makhan Shah was a sea merchant, who when caught in a storm at sea, had vowed to make an offering of a hundred and one gold coins to the Guru if his ships were saved. On this day he arrived in Bakala. Upon seeing so many Gurus, he was confused. He went to each one of the imposters and placed tow gold coins and bowed; each one was pleased to have an offering of two gold coins. However, Makhan Shah was disappointed. He knew that the Guru would know about the promised offering of hundred and one gold coins, and would not be willing to accept just two gold coins. At the end he went to Tegh Bahadhur and put two gold coins and bowed his head. Tegh Bahadhur smiled and said that Makhan Shah had promised to give a hundred and one gold coins and not just two gold coins, if his ships were saved. The Guru showed him the wound he had on his shoulders when he had rescued the ships. Makhan Shah was stunned, he could not belive his eyes or ears. He ran to the roof of the house and shouted at the top of his voice, “Guru Lado re, Guru Lado re” (I have found the Guru, I have found the Guru). Thus was re-discivered the Ninth Guru of the Sikhs by the masses. This historic incident sealed the affair for good and the people renounced the imposters and came to teh fold of the true Guru.

-Ref. “The Sikh Religion and The Sikh People,” by Dr. S.S. Kapor, Hemkunt Press, New Delhi, 1992.


Barely three months after Ranjit Singh’s death, the conspirators forced their entry into the Lahore fort, after killing the guards and whoever chose to come their way. Dogra Dhian Singh plunged his dagger twice into the heart of Chet Singh Bajwa disregarding his pathetic appeals and that of Kharak Singh who was taken into custody and confined to his palace.

That was the first step in the ascendancy of Dogra Dhian Singh who virtually emerged as the King-maker, and firmed up his grip over the Darbar.


The Hindu members of the States Organization Comission, rejected the demand of Punjabi speaking state. The Third member, a non-Hindu favored it.


Sikh prisoners, who refused to sign apology papers, were fired upon in Bhathinda jail. 4 Sikhs were killed and several others were injured.


Sukhdev Singh “Sukha” and Harjinder Singh “Jinda” were hanged until death in Puna Jail. On Aug. 10th, 1985, they gunned down General Vadiaya after his retirement from the Indian army. General Vadiya was the Chief of the Indian Army who ordered the attack on the holiest of the holy shrines at Amritsar and elsewhere in Punjab during 1984 operations.


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