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AGYA RAM, BHAI

AGYA RAM, BHAI (Bhai Agya Singh, according to Sukha Singh, Gurbilas Dasvin Patshahi), a Sikh of Delhi, who accompanied Bhai Jaita, Bhai Nanu and Bhai Uda to carry from Chandni Chowk in Delhi to the Dilvali Mahalla the severed head of Guru Tegh Bahadur who was executed there on 11 November 1675. Bhai Jaita and Bhai Gurbakhsh were among the eye witnesses to this gruesome happening. According to Guru kian Sakhian, they returned to their homes muttering: "Glory be unto the Guru; glory unto his Sikhs." As the sad word spread, Sikhs poured one by one into Dilvali Mahalla and congregated in the house of Bhai Nanu.

There they sat far into the evening listening to the woeful narration and making plans to rescue the body. Lakkhi Das Lubana`s caravan of bullockcarts had arrived on that day from Narnaul. Bhai Agya Ram, along with Bhai Jaita, Bhai Nanu and Bhai Uda, hid himself in the wagons near the Fort and reached the kotwali, in Chandni Chowk. According to tradition, the severed head was kept for the night in Bhai Jaita's house in Dilvali Mahalla from where he carried his sacred charge to Anandpur where Guru Gobind Singh, the spiritual successor to Guru Tegh Bahadur, then lived and where the obsequies were performed, with dignity and reverence, on 16 November 1675.

References :

1. Padam, Piara Singh, and Giani Garja Singh, eds., Guru kian 5akhiari. Patiala, 1986
2. Trilochan Singh, Guru Tegh Bahadur: Prophet and Martyr. Delhi, 1967
3. Harbans Singh, Guru Tegh Bahadur. Delhi, 1982 G. S. G.

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