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FATEH CHAND MAINI, RAJA

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FATEH CHAND MAINI, RAJA, a ranked citizen of Patna in Bihar, who served Guru Tegh Bahadur with dedication during his visit in 1665. Fateh Chand and his wife were devout Sikhs and received the Guru and his family with great honour. They put them up in their newly built house, themselves continuing to live in the old one. After the departure of the Guru`s family for the Punjab, the couple converted their house into a dharamsala for the sangat or devotees to assemble in holy congregation. The place came to be known as Maini Sangat.

On the site now stands Gurdwara Bal Lila Maini Sangat. This is a new building, but the porch of the old one has been kept intact. On the entrance wooden door are carved the Mill Mantra and the date "Sambat 1725 Assu vadi 10" corresponding to 28 August 1668.

References :

1. Gian Singh, Giani, Panth Prakdsh [Reprint]. Patiala, 1970
2. Trilochan Singh, Guru Tegh Bahadur: Prophet and Martyr. Delhi, 1967
3. Harbans Singh, Guru Tegh Bahadur. Delhi, 1982

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