Baba Bakala

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(45 km from Amritsar, 3 km from Butari railway station, Dist. Amritsar) Guru Tegh Bahadur, the 9th Guru, had revealed himself to Makhan Shah Lubana, a Sikh devotee here. Before his death at Delhi on March 30, 1664 Guru Harkrishan mumbled feebly ‘Baba Bakala’ which was taken to mean that his successor was to be found at Bakala village. Many people tried to take the Guru ki Gaddi and credit is given to Makhan Shah Lubana, a banjara trader from Jhelum, for discovering the true Guru.

It is said that a ship carrying his goods was caught in a storm when he knelt down and prayed to God and Guru Nanak for safety. He vowed that if he landed at the nearest port safely, he would donate five hundred dinars to the Guru for charitable purposes. On reaching safely, he traveled to Baba Bakala and found several people claiming to be the Guru. He decided to offer only two Dinars to every one posing to be Guru Harkrishan’s successor knowing that the true Guru would know and demand the exact amount he had vowed to give. When he placed two Dinars before Guru Tegh Bahadur, the great sage at once remarked “God bless you, my man, why only two Dinars after pledging five hundred? The Guru is never in need of any thing but a Sikh is expected to keep his pledge to the Guru.” Thus the issue was clinched and the real Guru was discovered. Since this historic event Bakala has become a place of pilgrimage. The Gurdwara has many beautiful paintings pertaining to the Sikh history and stands at the spot where Guru Tegh Bahadur used to meditate in an underground cell.

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