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'Kudrati Chamatkar' - Amritsar


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Gurfateh !

On the left hand side of the Darshani Deori of Siri Darbar Sahib, there is a gilded panel that is inscribed with the description of a 'Kudrati Chamatkar' - a 'Miracle of Nature' that occured in 1877 - where a ball of light appeared in Sri Darbar Sahib at amrit vele.

Does any one have any details about this ? -

The Darshani Deori and the panel - on the left


A detail


A very sweet unknown 'Gurmukh Piara' who when he saw me filming the panel in 1999 - gave an impromptu 'voice over' - before I had a chance to thank him, he had disappeared - Siri Darbar Sahib is always full of beautiful people like that - I always have great experiences and the joy of meeting Beautiful Gursikhs.

The film and 'voice over' (Apologies for the shaky camera work)


The text of the panel

ਸ੍ਰੀ ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਵਿਚ ਕੁਦਰਤੀ ਚਮਤਕਾਰ

ਸਭਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਗਯਾਤ ਲਈ ਦਸਿਆ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਵਿਚ ੩੦ ਅਪ੍ਰੈਲ ੧੮੭੭ ਨੂੰ ਸਵੇਰੇ ਦੇ ੪-੩੦ ਵਜੇ ਇਕ ਅਜਬ ਖੇਲ ਵਰਤਿਆ | ਕੋਈ ਚਾਰ ਕੁ ਸੌ ਪ੍ਰੇਮੀ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਵਿਚ ਕੀਰਤਨ ਦਾ ਆਨੰਦ ਲੈ ਰਹੇ ਸਨ ਜਦ ਕਿ ਅਚਨਚੇਤ ਹੀ ਬਿਜਲੀ ਦੀ ਲਿਸ਼ਕ ਦਿਸੀ | ਉਹ ਇਕ ਵੱਡੀ ਰੌਸ਼ਨੀ ਦੀ ਸ਼ਕਲ ਵਿਚ ਪਹਾੜ ਦੀ ਬਾਹੀ ਦੇ ਦਰਵਾਜ਼ੇ ਵਿਚੌਂ ਆਈ ਤੇ ਠੀਕ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗ੍ਰੰਥ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਸਾਹਮਣੇ ਗੋਲਾ ਜਿਹਾ ਬਣਕੇ ਫਟੀ ਅਤੇ ਚਾਨਣ ਹੀ ਚਾਨਣ ਕਰਕੇ ਦਖਣੀ ਦਰਵਾਜ਼ੇ ਥਾਣੀ ਇਕ ਰੌਸ਼ਨੀ ਦੀ ਲੀਕ ਹੋਕੇ ਨਿਕਲ ਗਈ | ਭਾਵੇਂ ਇਸ ਦੇ ਫਟਣ ਸਮੇਂ ਬੜੀ ਭਿਆਨਕ ਤੇ ਜ਼ੋਰ ਦੀ ਆਵਾਜ਼ ਆਈ ਪਰ ਅੰਦਰ ਬੈਠੇ ਕਿਸੇ ਪ੍ਰੇਮੀ, ਅਮਾਰਤ ਜਾਂ ਚੀਜ਼ ਨੂੰ ਕਿਸੇ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਰ ਦਾ ਕੋਈ ਨੁਕਸਾਨ ਨਾ ਪੁਜਾ | ਇਸ ਅਲੌਕਿਕ ਦਿ੍ਰਸ਼ ਨੂੰ ਸਭ ਲੋਕੀ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਰਾਮ ਦਾਸ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਦਾ ਆਪਣਾ ਕੌਤਕ ਦਸਦੇ ਹਨ |

Please post any information you may have

Many Thanks

Ranjit Singh 'Freed'

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Respected Freed, I am sure similar chamtkaar occured, whenn Mr. Vasu was cured from his critical cancer problem (near to incureable death case) in Darbaar Sahib Room (near Akal Takhat) while a sudden light entered to his body during Akhand paath Sahib.

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  • 11 months later...

Freed, in the 19th century there was a panel on the right hand side that contained an english translation of the Gurumukhi veriosn (embellished with lots of flowery language directed at the Queen). There are barely a couple of photographs that captured this panel - one of which is just readbale.

I attach some text from our forthcoming book on Sikh photographs (please dont hold your breath!)

Pilgrims and tourists wishing to enter the

Harimandir Sahib first passed through a grand

gateway known as the darshan deorhi.

Placed in prominent positions either side were

two copper gilt plaques containing notices

written in English and Punjabi (in the Gurmukhi

script). These were fixed in place in 1879 shortly

after the death of the second British-nominated

sarbarah, Mangal Singh Ramgarhia, the greatgrand

nephew of the famous warrior-statesman,

Jassa Singh Ramgarhia, and a prominent

soldier-administrator under Ranjit Singh.

Both of the notices commemorated the same

miraculous incident that occurred early one

morning in April 1877: a bolt of lightning

appeared to fall from the sky and move through

the Harimandir Sahib before returning to the

heavens. With Queen Victoria having been

proclaimed Empress of India only a few months

earlier, it offered the perfect opportunity for the

administration to impress the power of the

British Empire on the minds of superstitious

masses. As they thronged each day through the

gateway, they read of a miracle ascribed to both

their Guru and their Queen. Although the

plaques are no longer extant, the full text of the

English version read as follows:

"It should be generally known that a wonderful

event took place lately in the Golden Temple. This

building was erected by the great Guru Ram Dass

King of Kings and incarnation of Ram who gives

blessings and receives worship from all creatures.

The following is an account of what occurred on

the 30th of April 1877 at 4.30 a.m. about 400

persons according to ancient custom were praying

in this Sri Durbar Sahib and listening to psalms

whose music was almost drowned by the roar of

thunder. Suddenly a flash of lightning fell from

heaven and entered the holy place by the northern

door close to the singers and musicians a ball of

fire of about two seers in weight burst in the

temple shining with dazzling terrible brightness.

Then immediately after shining before the holy

book it returned to the sky through the southern

entrance and although it fell with such awful

violence and so loud a report yet there was no

injury caused to the durbar Sahib or to human life.

Therefore all who were assembled joined in

ascribing this miracle to Ram Dass who dedicated

this temple to Hari. We think it is also a sign of the

great prosperity of the British rule also we are

thankful to the Empress of India we pray to the

creator of all things for a daily increase in their

happy influence and for the destruction of all the

enemies of her Imperial Majesty. The government

inspector waited on the Comr. [Commissioner of

Punjab] and informed him of this remarkable

event. The following gentlemen viz the

Commissioner Rajah Surat Singh Sardar General

Gulab Singh Bhagowalia Sardar Mangal Singh

Ramgharia and all the worshippers agreed:—That

money being collected by friends of the Golden

Temple half should be given towards the support

of the sacred edifice and half to pay for a dinner to

the poor Sufficient money was gathered to pay for

seven readings of the Granth Sahib and to feed

some thousands of poor people who all expressed

their gratitude. This notice is also intended as a

memorial of the superintendent Sardar Mangal

Singh over the Sri Darbar Sahib of Hari and as a

remembrance of the miracle of Guru Ram Dass

and the prosperity of our rulers which we pray may

last to the end of time "

The eulogy to British imperialism in the final

sentence was intended to serve as a potent

reminder of the permanency of the Empire’s writ.

Yet neither the prosperity of the British Raj in

Punjab nor the plaques themselves were to last

forever. Shortly after the English notice was

removed in the early part of the 20th century, the

sunset of the Raj soon followed.

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