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Gurdwara Sri Guptsar Sahib Chhattiana

Location - Chhattiana, Muktsar, Punjab, India

Associated with - Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Sikh Artifacts - unknown

Sarovar - Yes

Sarai - Yes

Chhattiana is located on the outskirts of Chhattiana village of the Sri Muktsar Sahib district in the State of Punjab.

Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji came to this place after the Battle of Muktsar (Khidrane Di Dhab) in 1705 and stayed outside the village where Gurdwara Sri Guptsar Sahib is located.

As the hired soldiers in the Sikh army had not been paid for some time, and wanted to leave, they demanded their salary. Guru Gobind Singh asked the men to wait. However, the soldiers wanted immeadiate payment.

In the mean time, a Sikh arrived and presented his charitable earnings before Guru Gobind Singh in the form of gold coins. The Sikh provided his Daswandh (1/10 or 10% of one's income) as all true Sikhs are obliged to give.

Guru Gobind Singh distributed the gold coins to the soldiers as payment. The soldiers were very happy to receive their wages but one of them, Bhai Dan Singh of Brar clan, refused to take anything. When Guru Gobind Singh asked him what he wanted, he asked to be given Amrit and be made a Sikh.

Guru Gobind Singh was pleased and said, "You have saved the honour of the faith for Malwa as Bhai Mahan Singh saved it for Majha". Bhai Dan received Amrit so that he could join the Khalsa. Guru Gobind Singh buried the remaining gold coins. When Guru Ji left, the greedy villagers tried to find them but couldn't do so.

Peer Sayyad Ibrahim

Peer Sayyad Ibrahim was a muslim recluse who also lived near the outskirts of Chhattiana village. The peer, who lived at the top of a nearby sandy mound, was greatly moved by the personality of Guru Gobind Singh and his Sikh.

The peer asked Guru Gobind Singh if he could take Amrit and join the Khalsa and become a Sikh. Guru Gobind Singh agreed and Peer Sayyad Ibrahim took Amrit by the hands of Bhai Maan Singh and was renamed as Ajmer Singh after initiation.

Gurdwara Sri Guptsar Sahib, reconstructed during the 1970's, is a high ceiling hall with the sanctum at the far end. Above the sanctum are two storeys of square pavilions topped by a lotus dome with an electroplated pinnacle. To the east of the hall is the Sarowar (holy pool) and to the south the Guru ka Langar (community kitchen) and a row of residential rooms. The Gurdwara owns eight acres of land and is controlled by the SGPC.

The final resting place of Ajmer Singh is located 600-700 meters west of the Gurdwara. We do not know why a samadh was built for Ajmer Singh after he became a Sikh. Perhaps the relatives Ajmer Singh built a samadhs to remember him despite whether the deceased wished it or not.

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