Friday, February 17, 2006
Saka Nankana Sahib
Lest we forget…………
Saka Nankana Sahib (20th Feb. 1921)

Mohant Narayan Das managed Gurudwara Shri Nankana Sahib in early20th century .As Gurudwara had a large land attached to it, income swell in lakhs in those days ,he became corrupt and misused gurudwara money. Not only this he was rouge and used Gurdwara premises for wrong activities. This troubled Sikh Sangats and a meeting was called at Gurudwara Layallpur. It was decided that Sangat would go in Jathas and take charge of the gurudwara forcefully. At the same time Shiromani Committee decided to meet the mohant on 3rd March 1921 to ask him to hand over the charge to the committee. Wicked Mohant came to know about the plans and prepared to kill the Sikh leaders as soon as they reach Nanakana Sahib.
Bhai Kartar Singh Jhabbar and Bhai Lachaman Singh decided to take their jathas to Nanakana Sahib on 20th Feb as the mohant had to go to Lahore. They decided to take charge of gurudwara in his absence as they had come to know of his wicked plan. Shiromani Committee sent a message to Bhai Kartar Singh asking him not to send any Jatha as action was to be planned only after Joint decision.
In the meantime Bhai Lachaman Singh with 200 Sikhs did ardas on the 19th Feb evening and took Hukamnama. Guru had the Verdict: -

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Gursikhs proceeded towards Nankana Sahib immediately on 19th evening to reach there on 20th morning (Amrit vela). Bhai Kartar Singh could not contact them as they had already left. Bhai Duleep Singh went looking for them on horseback and met them at doorsteps of Gurudwara Nankana Sahib. But these Guru Ke Sikhs refused to return as they had taken Guru’s word as final. They entered the Gurudwara and started Asa de var kirtan. Mohant Narayan Das who was in train got down midway and returned and ordered his men to kill all the Sikhs in the Jatha. Whatever his men did would put any human being to shame. They fired bullets at sangat in gurudwara hall. Even bullets pierced through Shri Guru Granth Sahib.
The news spread like fire and Sikhs from every part of Punjab started towards Nankana Sahib. Bhai Kartar Singh reached next day with 2200 Sikhs with Shastras (arms). Fearing more trouble Government handed over the keys of Nankana sahib to Shirimani Committee and arrested Narayan Das .
From that day onwards we remember these Sikhs in Ardas. Every year on 21st Feb at this Shaheedi Asthan Guru Granth Sahib’s Swaroop with Bullet marks is brought at Deewan from 2pm to 4pm.
 
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