Gurdwara Sri Pipli Sahib Amritsar is known for the visits of Sri Guru Ram Das Ji, Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji and Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji.
Sri Guru Ram Das Sahib Ji visited here and built a well for thirsty travellers.
The well was built under a Pipal (Banyan) tree, hence the name of the Gurdwara, on the busy Lahore to Amritsar route. The Pipal tree still exists at the Gurdwara.
When Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji became Guru, his elder brother Prithi Chand was jealous. Prithi Chand tried to take control and would keep the Sangats donations for himself. As a result, the Guru's langar suffered.
After Guru Ram Das re-joined with God, Bhai Gurdas returned from Agra. Bhai Gurdas received onions and a 'poor mans' gram chapati made from chick peas.
Bhai Gurdas asked what was going on and was told by Bibi Bhani (Guru Ram Das's wife and Guru Arjan's mother) about the wickedness of Prithi Chand.
Bhai Gurdas and Baba Budha arrived at the site Gurdwara Sri Pipli Sahib Amritsar to discuss what to do. At the same time a Sangat from Kabul and Khandhar arrived at this location to rest before meeting with Guru Arjan.
The Sangat was eager to meet the new Guru. On the last day of their journey the Sangat was determined to reach the holy presence of the new Guru but could not make it and had to camp few miles away from Sri Harmandir Sahib. The Sangat included the young and the old. Tired and hungry, they now yearned for a blessed vision of the holy Guru next morning.
Guru Arjan who was at Sri Harmandir Sahib asked Mata Ganga, to prepare plenty of food with her own hands. Guru Arjan along with Mata Ganga then carried the food and provided water to the weary Sangat. One old man, who was exhausted, was massaging his legs. Guru Arjan personally massaged the old man's legs, cleaned the Sangats shoes and provided sewa throughout the night. Mata Ganga handed out the food and used a hand fan to keep the Sangat cool.
The Sangat were unware of who these kind Sewadars was until they arrived at Sri Harmandir Sahib the following day. The Sangat were surprised and shocked to see that it was Guru Sahib that had been personally tending to them with his wife. Bhai Gurdas and Baba Budha took the donations of the Sangat and gave them directly to Guru Arjan.
This sakhi (a verbally narrated true historical account) is told in Sikh families from the time of Guru Arjan. Once a large dedicated Sangat (group of Sikhs) was travelling from Kabul (Capital of Afghanistan) to Amritsar for the darshan (audience, blessings) of the Guru.
Satguru never forsakes beloved Gursikhs. Satguru loves Gursikhs with a deep and abiding love and uplifts them spiritually in mysterious and wonderful ways. The whole life of Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji is replete with soul-stirring and awe-inspiring incidents of profound humility. Unfortunately, it was cut short by muslim torture.
The battle saw fierce fighting near where Khalsa College, Amritsar and Gurdwara Sri Pipli Sahib, Amritsar is located. Bhai Bhanno was killed in the fighting and Guru Hargobind took up command when he died. The Sikhs, after consolidating their position, struck back, giving a devastating blow to the mughal force. The general, Mukhlis Khan had been captured by the Sikhs on two occasions, each time Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji gave orders to free the prisoner. Each time he attacked back with his force.
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