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The Multifarious Faces of Sikhism throughout Sikh History
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Baba Kartar Singh Samparda/Chowk Mehta Samparda cont'd

After Baba Gurbachan Singh Khalsa ‘Bhindrawaley’, Baba Mohan Singh was unanimously elected as his rightful successor to Samparda Bhindra. Why else would he still have control of the original shrines and lands at Bhindra established by Baba Sundar Singh?

Sriman 108 Baba Mohan Singh Ji Khalsa
The rightful successor to Samparda Bhindra

The younger brother of Baba Sundar Singh, Sant Baba Inder Singh commented:

‘On the completion of Sikh religious services of Sant Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa’s demise on 8/7/1969, according to his last wish the head Granthi of the Golden Temple, the five Takhts Jathedars, Shiromani Akali Dal, and the leading leaders of the Sikh nation of Shiromani Committee, the head Mahant Sahib of the Nirmala Akharas, all other Sikh Samparda, Sants and holy of Bhindra branches and its leading Singhs, the members of the two village councils of Bhindra village with the congregation of near and far. All in the gathering, that day, at Bhindra, through me, had the turban of leadership bound on Giani Mohan Singh and they were given the service of teaching the meaning of Sikh scriptures and full control of Gurdwara Siri Akhand Prakash. This service he is doing with humility as a ‘Nishkam Sewak’ (a servant desire less of rewards). He has no ego of this position or desire to hold on to it. This position he has never used for personal fame. This service was given to him by the congregation.’
‘Amrit Jiwan’, by Dr Sher Singh Giani, Appendix Pa.237

A small group of Samparda Bhindra followers objected to 50-year old Baba Mohan Singh’s succession. They stated that Baba Gurbachan Singh had chosen the 37-year old Kartar Singh as his successor before his death. Kartar Singh’s followers claim that Baba Gurbachan Singh had declared 3 times in his life that after him Kartar Singh would be head of Samparda Bhindra.

Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa
The learned Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji (second from right) being assisted by Baba Kartar Singh (right)

According to Kartar Singh’s followers, Baba Gurbachan Singh first said in 13/4/1964 then in 1966, and finally as stated below:

‘The third time when they were at Sultanpur Lodhi. On completion of religious discourse he, like every day was reading 25 pages of Guru Granth and Khalsa Ji [Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji] in joy said:
“Bhai Kartar Singh Satgur has blessed here many poor ones lets have Satgur fill your ‘Choli’ (hem of shirt gathered to receive gift) and give you service of the Jatha”
The Khalsa Ji also said some special words with regards to the service of Jatha, which he [Kartar Singh] noted on a piece of paper and Khalsa Ji then said:
Some holy day we will speak of this in the congregation.’
‘Etehas Dam Dami Taksal Sankhep’, by Didar Singh Khjal, Pa.200

Dastar Bandi
Baba Kartar Singh is inaugurated by his followers as the successor to Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa 'Bhindrawaley'

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