Shaheed Giani Mohar Singh
Shaheed Giani Mohar Singh
There are many fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters which stood up and answered the call of Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj. Usually these fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters come from different families, rarely is it seen that every member of a family offer themselves to Guru Sahib. One such family was that of Bhai Mohar Singh Ji. This is the story of how a family of Pundits became soldiers of Guru Sahib and then great martyrs of the faith.
Bhai Mohar Singh was born to Mata Suhag Vanti and Pandit Bihari Lal Ji in the village Jumal Pur, District Amritsar, Punjab India. Bhai Sahib from a very young age always had an interest in religion and Akaal Purakh. He was very studious from early on and also very active in sports. Both Bhai Sahib’s parents were very religious and gave Bhai Sahib an excellent upbringing teaching him the values of being a good person.
One day Bhai Sahib found out that Sant Baba Kartar Singh Ji Bhindranwale, the 13th Jathedar of Guru Sahib’s Taksal would be coming to his village for a program. Bhai Sahib decided to go to this program. After listening to the Katha of Sant Ji, Bhai Sahib was extremely moved. He spoke to a few Singhs from the Jatha after this and then decided to become a Singh of Satguru Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj. Both Bhai Sahib and his wife, Bibi Pritam Kaur Ji were blessed with the gift of Amrit. Bhai Sahib and his wife used to do a lot of bani and Naam Abiyhaas. Eventually they were blessed with two children; Bibi Satnam Kaur and Bibi Waheguru Kaur.
In the 80s Bhai Sahib used to live with Sant Giani Baba Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale, the 14th Jathedar of Guru Sahib’s Taksal. Bhai Sahib and his family were very close to Sant Ji. Bhai Sahib in fact was one of Sant Ji’s personal bodyguards.
During the 1984 Attack Bhai Sahib and his family were still with Sant Ji. They had done an ardas to Maharaj to bless them with Shaheedi. Sant Ji met Bhai Sahib and told him that he has two young children and a wife and as a result he should leave. But Bhai Sahib told Sant Ji that he and his family, including his two little daughters who were only 8 and 6 respectively had done an ardas already to give their heads to Guru Sahib. They would not turn their backs on Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj and on Sachkhand Sri Darbar Sahib.
Bhai Sahib was told by General Subeg Singh Ji to take up his Morcha at the place where Dhan Dhan Amar Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji, the first Jathedar of Guru Ji’s Taksal, had placed his head at the feet of Guru Sahib after fighting and defeating the invading forces of Jahan Khan who had desecrated Sri Darbar Sahib.
On June 4th the Indian Army invaded Sri Darbar Sahib. They attacked the house of Guru Ram Das Ji Maharaj with tens of thousands of commandos. At amritvela bullets began to fly in every direction. Singhs began their Morchas with an ardas to Maharaj, to bless them with strength and love and to let them stay true to his beautiful path of Guru Sahib. The army tried to send 400 trained Commandos from the Ghanta Ghar gate, Baba Deep Singh gate and the Langar side. From all three gates Singhs gave such a reply that not one of these commandos survived. The Singhs of Guru Sahib were fighting their Morchas with such intensity that the army thought it was they who were outnumbered; they could not imagine that it was only 200 Singhs who were wreaking such havoc among their ranks.
Bibi Pritam Kaur, Bibi Waheguru Kaur, and Bibi Satnam Kaur were doing sewa for Singhs during this time. They would refill magazines for the Singhs as well as bring them whatever food or water they could find. In addition to this Bibi Pritam Kaur was looking after those Singhs who had been shot. Guru Sahib was doing so much kirpa that even though some Singhs had been shot numerous times they were still fighting and were encouraging other Singhs to do the same. On the 6th of June after suffering thousands of causalities the army saw that the Khalsa of Guru Sahib would not let them enter. The Generals in charge of the army then decided to send Tanks and other armoured vehicles into Darbar Sahib.
Bhai Mohar Singh Ji and his family who had been fighting their Morcha saw what was happening. They then decided that now was the time to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the Sikh Kaum. They did an ardas to Maharaj, and then all four family members strapped several grenades to themselves and prepared to go back home to the feet of Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Ji. Shouting Jaikaray they ran towards the lead tank and as they jumped on it, they blew it to pieces. It was because of these four beautiful saint soldiers of Guru Sahib that the tanks behind this one could not get through and do even more damage. Bhai Sahib and his family gave their heads to Guru Sahib at the same place that their older brother Dhan Dhan Baba Deep Singh Ji had done all those years ago. When Singhs saw this they couldn’t stop tears of happiness from flowing. Bhai Mohar Singh Ji’s family’s shaheedi filled the rest of the Singhs with so much josh and they continued to inflict heavy casualties on the invaders, right till the end.
Bhai Sahib’s family was harassed a lot by the police and army following Operation Bluestar. Bhai Sahib’s brothers joined the Khalistan Commando Force and fought the invaders right till Guru Sahib took them back home. Bhai Sahib’s nephews Bhai Baksheesh Singh Kaljug and Bhai Paramjit Singh Pamma also joined the movement and died fighting for this beautiful path of Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj. Bhai Baksheesh Singh was such a furious lion of Guru Sahib that he came to be known as Kaljug because he brought death to the enemy. Bhai Baksheesh Singh Ji rose to the rank of Lt General before his shaheedi.
The story of Bhai Mohar Singh Ji, Bibi Pritam Kaur Ji and their two little children is an amazing story of untold sacrifice and dedication which continues to this day with Bhai Mohar Singh Ji’s father and mother still holding Sri Akhand Paths for the Shaheeds of Guru Sahib’s Panth. “My father is Guru Gobind Singh, my grandfather is Guru Tegh Bahadur, and my great-grandfather is Guru Hargobind. Death means nothing to me. Our death will fan the flames that will drive the tyrants from this land.” With so much blood filling the foundations of Khalsa Raj, is there any doubt that it will be a reality?
This Shabad is by Bhagat Kabeer Ji in Salok Kabeer Ji on Ang 1365:
kabeer marathaa marathaa jag mooaa mar bhee n jaaniaa koe
Kabeer, dying, dying, the whole world has to die, and yet, none know how to die.
aisae maranae jo marai bahur n maranaa hoe 29
Let those who die, die such a death, that they shall never have to die again. 29