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History of Damdami Taksal

The tenth King Sri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji was at Sri Anandpur Sahib delivering His Sikhs to Sachkhand. A Gursikh who would complete his daily prayer of the Panj Granthi (a collection of prayers from Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji) with love and respect made a mistake. The Gursikh was made to realize that Gurbani is an ang (limb) of Guru Ji, and making a mistake while reciting Gurbani is like hurting Guru Ji. Following this Pyare Bhai Daya Singh, along with other respected Gursikhs requested the following to Guru Ji. “Oh keeper of the poor! Bless us with the understanding of Gurbani. Without an understanding, we don’t whether what we do is correct or incorrect.”


Satguru Ji would never return the request of a Gursikh. After all the battles where He sacrificed all His family. Upon leaving Muktsar Sahib and arriving at Sabo ki Talwandi. Guru Ji gave the following command to his Gursikhs. “Go to Dhir Mal (he was the elder brother of Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji and grandson to Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji) who is at Kartarpur Sahib.

The fifth King Sri Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Ji who has compiled the Aad Granth has left room for the inclusion of the ninth Kings Bani. I will do that and bless you with the understanding of Gurbani.” Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji along with 24 other Singhs were turned away by Dhir Mal with the following message. “If your Guru is the same roop (form) as the first and fifth Kings, then why doesn’t he fashion Gurbani from memory?”

Guru Ji answered this taunt of Dhir Mal in the following way. The true King Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji gave great honor to Guru ki Kanshi, Takhat Sri Damdama Sahib, Sabo ki Talwandi. Shaheed Bhai Mani Singh was the scribe as Guru Sahib Ji compiled Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji from his sacred tongue. There were such great blessings that Jap(u) Ji Sahib, Rehraas Sahib and Kirtan Sohila were written on the first morning. On that evening the Gursikh Sangat listened to the meanings of the completed Gurbani. The understanding of the Gurbani that was written at Amrit vela (ambrosial hours of the morning) would be explained in the evening to the 48 Singhs and the rest of the Gursikh Sangat. Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji with firm faith would complete the seva of providing the paper, pens and ink. In this way within 9 months and 9 days, on the full moon of Katak, Samat 1762, till until 1763 Bikrami 23 Savan, the understanding of Gurbani was taught. With the inclusion of the ninth Kings Bani, from Ik Oa(n)kaar to At(h)arah Das Bees, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji was completed. A great benevolence was done to the world.

After seeing and listening to this limitless, powerful knowledge, the Gursikh Sangat as well the atheists were astonished. By listening to Guru Sahib Ji, the Gursikh Sangat were given the opportunity to rectify their lives. The 48 Singhs gained Brahm Gianta (the knowledge of God) and were liberated while living. The Singhs reached such spiritual states that they lost all care of the world. Seeing this Satguru Ji ordered Shaheed Bhai Mani Singh Ji not to lose care, but to continue in selfless service teaching others what he had learned. Guru Ji said that he would not forget a thing even if he were to get cut piece by piece. Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji was also given this command and was told that he wouldn’t forget a thing even if his head were separated from his body.

Both Shaheed Bhai Mani Singh Ji and Baba Deep Singh Ji stayed with Guru Sahib Ji (when They went to Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazoor Sahib) teaching the understanding of Gurbani to other Gursikhs. Just before Guru Ji ascended to Sachkhand He sent Shaheed Bhai Mani Singh JI to Sri Darbar Sahib Amritsar, and Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji to Takhat Sri Damdama Sahib to continue teaching the understanding of Gurbani. Damdami Taksal has been operating under the leadership of Brahm Gianis until now, and will forevermore.

Names of the 48 Singhs:

Bhai Mani Singh Ji
Baba Deep Singh Ji
Giani Binod Singh Ji
Giani Kaan Singh Ji
Bhai Amar Singh Ji
Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Ji
Giani Dan Singh Ji
Bhai Param Singh Ji
Bhai Dharam Singh Ji
Bhai Shameer Singh Ji
Bhai Daya Singh Ji
Bhai Bhevan Singh Ji
Bhai Piara Singh Ji
Bhai Bir Singh Ji
Bhai Dheer Singh Ji
Bhai Sundar Singh Ji
Giani Gurbaksh Singh Ji Saheed
Bhai Tara Singh Ji
Bhai Jagjeevan Singh Ji
Bhai Gopal Singh Ji
Bhai Dhian Singh Ji
Bhai Binshvar Singh Ji
Bhai Hargopal Singh Ji
Bhai Dhanna Singh Ji Kaviraj
Bhai Nand Singh Ji
Bhai Mani Singh Ji
Bhai Rai Singh Ji
Bhai Makhan Singh Ji
Bhai Madan Singh Ji
Bhai Dharam Singh Ji
Bhai Sujan Singh Ji
Bhai Jeevan Singh Ji
Bhai Akal Singh Ji
Bhai Pritpal Singh Ji
Bhai Dyal Singh Ji
Bhai Bakhtavar Singh Ji Sodhi
Bhai Deva Singh Ji
Bhai Meva Singh Ji
Bhai Dhian Singh Ji
Bhai Achal Singh Ji
Bhai Jai Singh Ji
Bhai Bishan Singh Ji
Bhai Bhag Singh Ji
Bhai Vasava Singh Ji
Bhai Ghanea Singh Ji
Bhai Ram Singh Ji
Bhai Trilok Singh Ji
Bhai Maliagar Singh Ji

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