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BABA BAKALA : RAKHAD PUNNEYA Mela



Baba Bakala were the last words of Guru Harkishan Sahib Ji and his last words indicated the next would be Guru . This was an amazing incident ; and the Sikhs remember this with pride and affection . After the demise of the Guru Harkishan Sahib Ji utter confusion prevailed . This was regarding the selection of the next Guru . But God wanted to show them the way and so , Bhai Makhan Shah's ship was caught in a storm .



In this circumstance everyone prayed to God and Bhai Makhan Shah also vowed to donate 500 Dinars to the Guru after he was rescued from the danger . After his return , Bhai Makhan Shah went to Bakala and offered 200 Dinars to each one opting to be a Guru.As he expected , no one except true Guru recognized the exact amount and asked why he was giving just 2 Dinars while he had pledged for 500. Instantly everyone understood the true Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Ji who is said to be the 9th Sikh Guru . Thus Bakala came to be the sacred place for the Sikhs and a place for the holy Since only a person with an insight may discover the truth , Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Ji became the next Guru . " The greater the difficulty , the more the glo in ounting it . " It was a difficult task but since Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Ji succeeded they made his power known to all . A beautiful Gurudwara Sahib stands at the spot where Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji used to meditate in an underground cell ( Thadha ) . This small village where Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji revealed himself subsequently , came to be called Baba Bakala . The Gurudwara has many beautiful paintings ( Frescos ) pertaining to the Sikh history . People gather in thousands on every amavas night . Besides an Annual Fair ( Jor Mela ) is held on Rakhri when many people throng this holy place from all over the country .



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