History & Culture Photography

Baba Sadhu Sikh, Punjab, India. A Historical Perspective!

By on October 6, 2017

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In the 16th Century, a holy Saint called Baba Sadhu Sikh meditated on the banks of Lower Bari Doab Canal (LBDC) in Amritsar District Punjab, India and used to collect milk and send it to Lahore (now in Pakistan) where fifth Sikh Guru Arjun Dev was imprisoned and being tortured by Chandu a  Lieutenant of Mughal King Jahangir.  It is said  that Baba Sadhu Sikh was bestowed with the power that milch  animals who did not yield milk, started doing so by his blessings.  The story goes that once a hungry sadhu approached a farmer in the area of village Chawinda (Amritsar District, Punjab, India) and asked him for some milk. The farmer pointed out towards a non milch buffalow whom he was using to till his fields and asked the Sadhu to obtain milk from this buffalow. Sadhu got an empty pot and made an attempt to milk the animal. Lo and behold the non milch animal started producing milk.  The farmer was dumb struck and felt ashamed of having treated the Sadhu in a shabby way. He now felt most grateful to the saint who had cured his buffalow. In times to come this sadhu made a small hut at the bank of LBDC and thus the place came to be known as Baba Sadhu Sikh. Even barren women were blessed with children due to his blessings.  A small Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) had come up at the bank of LBDC then, which has been built to an imposing construction now. I am proud to state that the initiative of upgrading this Gurdwara was taken by my late father, S. Ajit Singh in his capacity of Sarpanch (Headman) of the village, who put in sustained efforts in doing so despite the opposition of another group from the village. Continuous offerings of milk and pudding made of milk (Kheer) are available throughout the year and large number of devotees flocks here. There is an annual fair during the month of July to commemorate the memory of Saint Sadhu Sikh. The place is about 6 Kms from the Indo-Pak border. Prior to the partition this place was visited by all religious communities, Hindus, Sikhs as well as Muslim and was a symbol of true secularism. It is now frequented by Hindus and Sikhs. There is free meals service (Langar) during the day and also generous offering of milk products. This institution has been providing support to poor farmers of the area who come and dine here and carry home some milk for their children. Even in the worst times of drought , crop failure and other natural calamities, not a single farmer/person of the nearby areas has died due to hunger, courtesy support by Gurdwara Baba Sadhu Sikh, such is the aura of this place. Incidentally I was born in this place (village Chawinda Kalan) in 1951.

Guchi.

 

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