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Baba nihal singh ji, Taurna Dal Jathedar


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taken from gursikhijeevan.com

Baba Nihal Singh, Horshipur lived up to his name

1980 With the protection of Baba Nihal Singh, Krishan

Kaur Khalsa was the first woman to perform kirtan, in

recent time, within the confines of Sri Harimandir

Sahib. Vikram Singh Khalsa was performing kirtan on

the Gurupurab for the birthday for Guru Ram Das Ji.

This kirtan was for a Bhog on the roof of the

Harimandir Sahib -- not in the main hall. When he

finished, he motioned for Krishna Kaur Khalsa to play.

As she began some SGPC sevadars moved to stop her but

Baba Nihal Singh and some other Nihungs stood in their

way and protected her right to perform kirtan within

the confines of the Harimandir Sahib. Still no Sikh

woman has performed kirtan in the main darbar.

In 1979, Sikhs of American descent performed Kirtan in

Darbar Sahib for the very first time while observing

Guru Ram Das's Prakash Utsav. Sardar Vikram Singh

Khalsa, Ajeet Singh Khalsa, and Guru Sangat Singh

Khalsa performed kirtan in the main darbar.

1984: Baba Nihal Singh was Right Hand Man of Sant

Jarnail Singh, and had many gevious with the Indian

Army's and Politians

One Story i heard was that they; raided the camp and

caught Baba Ji and his Singhs, and tied him upto a

jeep and dragged him around the villages on a

rope,tearing his skin apart and painstakenly broke his

arms and legs. They tied his beard up with his "nala"

from his kachera and beat him continuously. But baba

ji , nver gave up.

1964 11 Sikhs were gunned down at Paonta Sahib

(Himachal Pradesh) by the Mahant's henchmen.

The sangat of Poanta Sahib had requested head of Tarna

Dal (not Nihal Singh, but the one before him) to visit

the Gurdwara. They complained that the residing masand

was abusing the Gurdwara premises through drinking,

raping women that came alone, and making prostitutes

dance inside. After several such requests Babaji

decided to visit Poanta Sahib accompanied by 13

GurSikhs. They left, from Gurdwara Haria Welan

Hoshiarpur, riding horses and horse drawn carts. When

they arrived near Gurdwara Poanta Sahib, two GurSikhs

carried Babaji's message for the masand requesting

initiation of a Akhand Path at the Gurdwara. The

masand did not give a definitive answer, instead

assured to respond before the next morning. Meanwhile

the masand confided with the local police chief, one

of his corrupt friends who endorsed and permitted his

evil acts.

Babaji started the Akhand Path next morning which

proceeded uninterrupted for 2 days. On the 2nd day,

the masand came with the police. They arrested Babaji

who was outside at that time and fired at the GurSikhs

inside, who were conducting the Akhand Path. The

GurSikhs had no guns. For they had not come with the

intent to fight, but rather to hear the sangat's

concerns. As a result they were brutally massacred.

Eleven died and two survived. As each Pathi was shot

while reciting the Guru Granth Sahib, another simply

pushed his body and continued the uninterrupted

recitation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Nihal Singh, 21

at the time, continued with his choar sewa (even when

he had been shot 3 times) until the last GurSikh was

shot. As the Akhand Path was interrupted, Nihal Singh

finally fell. The only survivor was the youngest

GurSikh, a 11 year old, who was found hiding behind a

nagara (drums). Besides him all others were presumed

dead. It wasn't until the bodies were being loaded up

in a cart that a small child saw Nihal Singh breath

and informed the local sikhs. The local sikhs who had

gathered by now, screamed to get him some medical

attention. Fortunately they succeeded in their

efforts. He received medical attention and survived

with Vaaheguru's grace. He was subsequently honored by

many gurdwaras as "Jinda-Shaheed" Jathedar. The masand

was finally removed. Akhand paths are held each year

in the commemoration of this event.

Still Today Baba Ji lives on....Salute to a devouted

Sevadar of the Panth

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