Emergence of pool of nectar


When Guru Ram Dass was busy in the supervision of the construction of the city then a strange incident happened. That holy place to which Guru Nanak and Guru Amar Dass had pointed out was discovered.

Historians write that Duni Chand was a great landlord of Patti town. He was very haughty, conceited and arrogant. He had five daughters. All were very charming and talented.

One day Duni Chand asked his daughters, 'Who provides for you to eat.'

Elder four daughters said, 'Father it is you.'

Bibi Rajni kept quite. She had lived her maternal grandfather and grandmother at Lahore. They were great devotees of Guru Amar Dass. So they believed that one God sustains all the human beings.

Bibi Rajni after a pause said, 'It is God that sustains all the living beings.'

Hearing this reply Duni Chand was enraged.

He said, 'I shall see how the God sustains you.'

In due course, he married her elder daughters to rich landlords. But he was so annoyed with Rajni that in fit of temper he married her to a leper.

But she accepted her fate and served the leper with great love. Her father could not bear it. He turned her out of the house.

At that time Guru Ram Dass was colonizing the new city. As she was a devout Sikh, she had earlier heard about it. When she was ordered to get out the house she placed her husband in a basket and carrying him on his head reached ‘Guru Ke Chakk.'

There the devotees provided her one small room and they stayed there. She got the duty of cooking the food in Langar of the Guru. She herself was taking meals in the Langar and also bringing food for her husband. So she was well contented with her fate.

She was always reciting the Name of God and had great belief in Him. Sometimes she took her husband with her and arranging for his peaceful sitting under a shady tree, used to join her duty in the Langar.

One day she placed the basket with her husband by the bank of a small pond in the shade of a ‘Ber' tree and herself went to Langar.

When the leper was sitting on the bank of pond, he saw a pair of crows dipped down in to the pool and flew away with their color changing from black to white. He considered that the pool did not contain ordinary water. So he struggled and by crawling reached near the water of the pond.

Then he dipped into the water.

But when he came out he was astonished to see himself. He was no longer the leper he had been. He walked as a young man and again sat under the shade of the tree. He waited Rajni very patiently.

When Rajni returned from the Langar house, she was distressed to see a new man sitting near her basket. Her husband told her the complete story of his transformation.

But she did not believe it. She cried and wailed and hearing her voice some devotees came to help her. But the young man also tried to convince them.

At last, they went to Guru Ram Dass who was supervising the construction work inside the city.

When the Guru asked the young man to tell the truth, he narrated the whole story which had happened with him.

The Guru was convinced to hear the story of the young man as he perceived that pond must be same sacred place about which Guru Amar Dass had told.

Then the Guru assured Rajni that young man was her real husband. Her belief in God had cured the leprosy of her husband.

Then the Guru told Baba Budha that pond was the same holy place about which Guru Amar Dass had foretold. He asked him that there a Pool of Nectar must be constructed.

Next day ‘Deg' of Karah Prasad was prepared. The Guru took Baba Budha, Bhai Gurdas and other reverend Sikhs with him and reached near the Nectar Pool.

Then the Guru asked Baba Budha to dig a spade of mud from the tank as an inauguration ceremony of the construction work.

After reciting the holy hymns, Baba Budha dug a spade of mud and threw that in a basket.

Then all Sikhs started doffing the mud and filling their basked were carrying on their heads and were throwing at the bank.

So the doffing of the holy tank started from that day. When the people of area heard about the appearance of Nectar Tank, they flocked to see and to have bath in it.

The story of the healing of the Rajni's husband became very popular. Everybody desired to have a dip in the holy tank.

Thousands of people were coming daily with their spades and metal pots for the construction of the tank. Diseased men and women were coming for a dip in the holy tank. When they were getting cured of their diseases they were becoming the true Sikhs of the Guru. Such disciples were serving with great devotion.

When father of Bibi Rajni heard that by the grace of Guru the husband of Rajni had been cured of the dreadful disease, he also came to pay homage to the Guru.

Within few months tank was completed. Then a big platform was raised in the centre of the tank. This platform was joined with the bank of the tank.

At this raised platform Darbar was held in the morning and evening. The platform was covered with canopies and large tents.

After that four wells were dug at the four corners of the tank. These Persian-wheels were running for twenty four hours and water of these wells was falling in the holy tank. The farmers were bringing their bulls for this purpose with great pleasure.

The people forgot Ganges river for a holy dip. The water of tank had a great healing power. The people suffering from chronic diseases after taking bath in the holy tank were becoming hale and healthy.

After taking bath they were attending the Darbar of the Guru. After completion of the recitation of the ‘Asa di Vaar', the Guru was addressing congregation.

The people of the city were enriching physically, mentally and spiritually. They were living very happily.

They had not to pay any type of tax, because that city was their own city. The head of the city was Guru himself, who was very benevolent and showering his grace on all.

After the construction of the Amrit Sarovar, the city was renamed as Amritsar.

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