Bhai Manjh Sahib Ji whose name was 'Tiratha', was a preacher of his local area in Amritsar.
Bhai Manjh had a 'Sakhi Sarvar Da Peerkhana' at his home, which was a religous establishment. Bhai Manjh also used to visit 'Nigahe Sarvar Pir' every year. He was the 'Chaudhary' of the village.
Bhai Manjh was a rich and well known person, he was a resident of village Kang Mai, Hoshiarpur district and had two Peerkhana's at his place.
Every Thursday he used to offer bread (roti) at the 'Peerkhana' and take his devotees for religous sermons. Sometimes he used to take his jatha (group of devotees) to 'Nigaha'.
In the year 1585, when Bhai Ji was going back to his village from Nigaha, he stayed at Amritsar. In the company of Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji, he learnt about the life of Sikhs and Sikhism.
Bhai Manjh had not seen such happiness, he asked Guru Arjan to grant him 'Sikhi'. Guru Arjan replied 'Purkha, Sikhi utte Sikhi nahin tikdi'. Guru Arjan asked him to get rid off all the things which go against Sikhism, only then would he be able to experience Sikhi. When you follow Akal Purakh's footsteps and follow the path of truth, you will need to tolerate the anger of the common man also. So if you can give such a sacrifice, only then you can go along with Sikhism.
Bhai Manjh Ji returned to his village, demolished the Peerkhana and stopped praying to Sakhi Sarvar. Bhai Manjh Ji's fate took a turn for the worse, his cattle started dying. Still, Bhai Ji remained unshaken, he kept working with his full faith in Akal Purakh. Bhai Manjh was removed from the position of leader of the village, due to complaints received from people against him but he remained steady.
Bhai Manjh met Guru Arjan Sahib Ji again and helped serving the 'Guru Ghar'. Like this, he began to earn his Sikhi. Bhai Manjh would collect wood for langar. Everyday, after listening to the Guru, he would collect wood from a nearby jungle. Bhai Manjh didn't care that his riches had disappeared, money and material items are false riches. Bhai Manjh was earning 'true money' in the house of God.
Bhai Manjh Ji used to collect wood from a jungle near 'Sultan Wind', where Gurdwara Bhai Manjh Da Khooh has been built. One day that when Bhai Ji was returning with wood above his head, a storm with strong winds struck on the way. Bhai Ji kept walking taking care of the wood, a strong gust of wind struck him and he fell into a well. The well was shallow and the water level was also low. Bhai Ji kept the wood above his head to make sure it didn't get wet. He stood in the well the whole night and kept reciting the holy prayers.
Bhai Manjh Sahib Ji whose name was 'Tiratha', was a preacher of his local area in Amritsar. In the year 1585, when Bhai Ji was going back to his village from Nigaha, he stayed at Amritsar. In the company of Sri Guru Arjan Sahib Ji, he learnt about the life of Sikhs and Sikhism. Bhai Manjh had not seen such happiness, he asked Guru Arjan to grant him 'Sikhi'.
In the morning when Guru Arjan and other Sikhs noticed that Bhai Manjh Ji had not returned, they sent out search parties. Eventually they found Bhai Manjh Ji inside the well. Guru Arjan along with his Sikhs ran towards the well and wanted to take Bhai Ji out by throwing a rope to which Bhai Ji replied that they should take out the wood first so that the langar could be cooked. Only after the wood was safely out of the well did Bhai Manjh come out. Just as he climbed out of the well Guru Ji hugged him and recited a slok;
'Manjh Pyara Guru Ko, Guru Manjh Pyara || Manjh Guru Bohitha Jug Langanhara ||'
Guru Arjan Sahib Ji told Bhai Manjh that he had passed the Guru's test and could ask for anything he wanted. Bhai Manjh asked for faith to never waver, that he should remain as a Sikh and follow the Sikh way of life.
Guru Arjan said that Bhai Manjh was already a Sikh and he could ask for something else. Bhai Ji said that he hoped other Sikhs would not be put through such tough tests as in the time of Kalyug Sikhs would find such tests very difficult. Bhai Manjh requested for langar to stay as an integral part of Sikhism. Guru Arjan agreed and later sent him to his home in Hoshiarpur to preach Sikhism.
Gurdwara Bhai Manjh Da Khooh is named after the khooh that Bhai Manjh Sahib Ji fell into.
Gurdwara Bhai Manjh Samadhan is located in the village that Bhai Manjh Sahib Ji, a Sikh of Guru Arjan Sahib Ji, was from.
Gurdwara Sri Bhai Manjh is located in the village that Bhai Manjh Sahib Ji was from. As a reward, Guru Arjan Sahib Ji presented an iron plate (to make chappatis) to Bhai Manjh Ji. The iron plate can be seen at this Gurdwara in Kang Mai.
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