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    Saga of gallantry: How Mehtab Singh and Sukha Singh took revenge (Part-II)

    (.......Continued from Part-I)

    In early August 1740, Mehtab Singh and Sukha Singh started their journey to Harmandir Sahib from Bikaner. Mehtab's wife and children also accompanied them. They reached Damdama Sahib Sikh Cantonment near Bhatinda. On 11th August 1740, Mehtab and Sukha started the last part of their journey to Harmandir Sahib.

    They were disguised as wealthy Muslim peasants. They were riding their horses. But, more importantly, they were carrying sacks, which, prima facie, were full of coins. They reached just outside the Sacred Temple complex, got down from their horses, tied the horses near a berry tree (which still stands) and proceeded to enter Harmandir Sahib.

    The alert guards came to check. But they mistook them as village Chaudhry (headmen) who came to pay taxes to Massa Rangar. Both entered the complex.

    Mehtab and Sukha proceeded to the sanctum sanctorum through the causeway over the Sacred Lake (Sarovar). Massa Rangar was sitting on a cot in a drunken stupor, watching the dance performance of nautch girls.

    Mehtab Singh bowed down and placed the sack near the feet of Massa Rangar and asked Sukha Singh to do the same. When Sukha followed Mehtab, Massa Rangar bent down to check the content of the sacks.

    In a lightning strike with his sword, Mehtab cut the head of this dirty creature who had been defiling Harmandir Sahib. Sukha also drew his sword and in a flash killed some guards who first approached to resist them.

    They took the severed head of Massa Rangar in a sack containing earthen pot, alighted their horses and took off like lightning. The entire job was completed in less than three minutes.

    Next morning, Mehtab and Sukha reached Damdama Sahib Cantonment with the head of Massa Rangar on a spear for public display. Needless to say, they received heroes' welcome from the local people. Later, at a place called Buddha Johad near Sri Ganganagar (on their way to Bikaner), the head of Massa Rangar was hung from a tree to convince people of the death of the tyrant.

    Today a Gurudwara stands at the place. It marks the resolve of the Sikhs how to keep the sanctity of the holy places intact and how to punish those who dare to defile the holy places.

  • #662586
    Good narration as usual. Both the heroes showed their heroism by planning the entire episode very carefully and implemented the same successfully. They showed the world how important a place of worship to them and how they will treat the people who do misdeeds and insult the holy places. My salutations to both the heroes of the episode and people should learn from them how to respect the ideology of the religion.
    always confident

  • #662657
    Having read both parts, this story of valor is another example of good triumphing over evil. Such historical events inspire courage in the younger generations of various religions.

  • #662660
    The concluding part is more thrilling and full of gallantry. A good narration by the author and I appreciate the undertone of patriotism in this write up.

    Sikhs are having a great reputation of patriotism, brevity and gallantry and there are many incidents in the History where we can find these great actions by them.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #662723
    A thrilling finish to end the rule of a tyrant. It shows how accurately Mehtab Singh and Sukha Singh planned the whole action and it was finished within a few minutes. Everywhere, be it a religious place or an office, there must be a rule to be followed by everyone. If somebody breaks the rule there should be a punishment. Defiling a holy place is indeed a grave offence and from the narrative, in the two threads, it is clearly understood that the tyrant did it intentionally just to insult the Sikhs. It's really a brave act indeed and in those days there were no alternative ways to take revenge other than this. In the end, I thank the author for bringing out wonderfully the gallantry of two Sikhs in two connecting threads.

    "Life is easier when you enjoy what you do"

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