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The Multifarious Faces of Sikhism throughout Sikh History
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Gangu Shahieh cont'd

Right up to late 19th century the mausoleum of Gangu was considered a place of great miraculous powers.

Akali Nihang Singh Khalsa
Fresco from the walls of Baba Atal Gurdwara, Amritsar depicting Akali Nihang Singhs
dressed in full combat gear armed with matchlocks, 'Katar' (punch daggers), 'Salotar' (heavy clubs
used as weapons and for grinding 'Sukha'), 'Chakars' (quoits), 'Kara' (war bracelets) and 'Talwar' (swords)

In time one Jwahar Singh came to be a very famous custodian of the lineage of Gangu. He was believed to have many ‘Sidhia’ (miraculous powers). Large parts of the mountainous region of Punjab became his ‘Sikhs’ (disciples).

In the late eighteenth century Sunder Singh became Gangu’s successor. Johrsar, Panjor and Digsai villagers plus the Sikh kings of Nahan paid homage to Sunder Singh. Nirmala Pundit Ganesha Singh wrote:

‘All that come are given food to eat [at mausoleum].
There is no consideration of whether one as taken Amrit [become Khalsa] or remains Mona [cut hair and clean shaven] only believing in lineage [of Gangu] is considered Sikhism.
Because Gangu was chief preacher they are known as Gangu Shahieh. ’
‘Bharat Mat Darpan’, by Pundit Ganesha Singh Nirmala 1926, Pa. 129

Baba Atal Rai
Song of the sixth Sikh Guru who utilized his 'Sidhia' (miraculous powers) to revive his
friend Mohan who had died. As a consequence of using his 'Sidhia', Baba Atal had to give up his
life. A 'Samadh' (mausoleum) known as 'Baba Atal Sahib' was built at the place of his ascension to heaven

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