Friday, May 11, 2012

Episode 4: Sri Anandpur Sahib (Part 1)

Inside of me I had a yearning to have Darshan (a glimpse) of Sri Anandpur Sahib. Our driver first drove past Sri Anandpur Sahib and instead went to Keeratpur Sahib. The driver said "If you go to Sri Anandpur Sahib without visiting Keeratpur Sahib first then Guru Gobind Singh jee said that your yatraa (pilgrimage) of Sri Anandpur Sahib is not accepted." It was first time I had such a thing. Why would Guru Gobind Singh jee Maharaaj say such a thing? When Guru jee called the Sangat to Sri Anandpur Sahib on Vaisakhi 1699, did he asked all of them to go via Keeratpur Sahib otherwise he would turn them away? Waheguru.

The driver went on to say that Baba Gurditta jee was given a "barr" (boon) by Guru Gobind Singh jee that whenever someone meets they will first meet you and then meet me. Baba Gurditta jee, was a great saint, who is the son of Guru Hargobind jee (the sixth Guru). Baba jee is also the father of the seventh Guru, Guru Har Rai Sahib jee. Keeratpur Sahib was established in 1627 by the Guru Hargobind Sahib jee, who bought the land from Raja Tara Chand of Kehloor through his son, Baba Gurditta jee.   Baba jee physically left this world in 1638, yet Guru Gobind Singh jee physically manifested in this world in 1666, so the story the driver was saying didn't seem to make sense, unless I had misunderstood him.

After having Darshan of Gurdwara Keeratpur Sahib and listening to some Keertan there, the driver drove down the road to Gurdwara Baba Gurditta jee. Straight after visiting the Gurdwara, the driver said we must visit the place of Baba Buddhan Shah jee now. I was told we are going to do Matha Tekh there. I asked him if it was a Gurdwara, he said no but Guru jee said we must go there and do Matha Tekh. The driver told me that Baba Buddhan Shah jee told Guru jee that no one will come and visit me and instead people go to see you. Guru jee in return gave him a "barr" (boon) that whoever comes to see me will first come to you.  All these stories seemed to have a common theme. 

To be continued...

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