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Gurdwara Sri Gurusar Sahib Sudhar

Location - Sudhar Link Rd, Sudhar, Ludhiana, Punjab 141104, India

Associated with - Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji

Sikh Artifacts - Yes

Sarovar - Yes

Sarai - unknown

Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji arrived in Sudhar from Daroli Bhai Ki via Madoke, Lopo and Sidhwan.

Guru Hargobind stopped to camp near the village lake. News of Guru Hargobind's arrival spread throughout the village.

The village Sangat was pleased to see Guru Hargobind who stayed here for 8 days.

Along with the village Sangat, Bhai Javanda, who was also known as Bhai Prema, would regularly see Guru Hargobind and offer their services providing food, water and milk.

During the day there were diwans, with kirtan and religious discussions. In the evening, there would be games and competitions.

On one particular day, Guru Hargobind was out horse riding. Bhai Prema was walking along with Guru Hargobind holding the reins of Guru Ji's horse.

Bhai Prema was walking barefoot over the grass and thorny areas of the path while keeping the horse on the narrow path. While walking for some time Bhai Prema's food was injured and there was a lot of blood.

Guru Hargobind asked Bhai Prema to let go of the reins and walk on the path but he refused to do so. So Guru Hargobind gave Bhai Prema his shoes and asked him to wear them. Instead of wearing the shoes, Bhai Prema reverently put them on his head.

Guru Hargobind asked Bhai Prema what he was doing, Bhai Prema explained that the shoes of the feet the world bows down too are worthy of worship and not for him to wear.

Guru Hargobind blessed Bhai Sahib with love and let him keep the shoes. The Jora Sahib are still preserved here at Sudhar in Bhai Prema's house, lat/ long co-ordinates 30.770475, 75.634158.

1631 Battle of Gurusar

While Guru Hargobind was staying at Sudhar, Sikhs from Kabul arrived for darshan of Guru Hargobind. One of the Sikhs, Bhai Karorhi Mall, explained how they had raised and trained two magnificent horses which they had intended to give to Guru Ji. The horses, on their journey to the Guru's Darbar had drawn many admirers on their trip across the Punjab and many wealthy men had tried to convince Bhai Karorhi Mall to part with the horses by offering him a princely sum. However, Karorhi Mall always replied that these were not his horses but that the horses belonged to Guru Hargobind.

Before reaching Lahore, rumours of their beauty had reached the mughal governor's ears. An avid collector of horses he too offered the young Sikh a small fortune for each horse, only to be turned down. So before the sangat (congregation) left Lahore, the Subedar's henchmen, forcibly snatched the magnificent horses and took them to the governor's stable area, in the upper courtyard of Lahore Fort.

Guru Hargobind blessed the Sikh Sangat of Kabul and asked them to remain in Chardi Kala. Further, Guru Hargobind said they would teach the people who had stolen the Guru's horses a lesson. Guru Hargobind asked the Sangat not to worry and that their donation of the horses had been accepted by the Guru's darbar and the horses would return to their correct place soon.

Guru Hargobind asked if there were any among his Sikhs who could think of a way to recover the horses. Bhai Bidhi Chand, a daring Sikh, who before becoming a Sikh was a noted thief, offered his services and asked for Guru's grace. Eventually, this led to the 1631 Battle of Gurusar.

Forward 1631 Battle Of Gurusar - Guru Hargobind's horses were snatched by Mughals and recovered by Gursikh, Bhai Bidhi Chand.

The Battle of Gurusar was the third battle fought by Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji near Mehraj with Lala Beg and Qamar Beg in 1631. Despite overwhelming odds, the mughals were completely crushed in this battle.

The mughals had a 35,000 strong army while Guru Hargobind's side only numbered 4,000. The battle was fought during winter season and Guru Ji had pre-planned everything. Because the mughals were not fully acquainted to the conditions of the area they had not planned well for the battle.

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