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Bhai Nanu Ji : Shaheed of the battle of Ruhela in 1621

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    Entry nr. 1, section 1 - Shaheeds from the time of Sixth Nanak, Guru Hargobind Sahib

    The narrative of Bhai Nanu ji's shaheedi has been done with golden words, as he was one of the first Shaheeds of the Sikh nation. Bhai Nanu ji attained Shaheedi on the day of 3rd October, 1621 in the battle of Ruhela (now Sri Hargobindpur). In this historic battle he killed the son of the disgraceful Dhust Chandu, named Karam Chand. Also Rattan Chand and his father Bhagwan Das Kherar, who was son of Kahne, a relative of Dhust Chandu, were finished by Bhai Nanu Ji.

    Bhai Nanu was the son of Bhai Mulla, grandson of Bhai Rao, and great-grandson of Bhai Chahar. He was related to the Parmar-Rajput family. At the time of battle of Ruhela, his family lived at Alipur (district Mujaffargarh, Pakistan). Bhai Nanu Ji was the younger brother of Bhai Bhallu, grandfather of Bhai Mani Singh. (Bhai Bhallu also attained Shaheedi in the battle of Amritsar on 13th april, 1634).

    Bhai Nanu was one of the famous Sikhs of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji’s times. He visited Guru-ka-Chak (Amritsar) very often. When Guru Sahib created the Sikh army, Bhai Nanu ji joined the force, along with his fellows and relatives. Once, when Bhai Ji was setting the Diwan in a village established by Sri Guru Arjan Sahib ji called Gobindpura, on the ruins of Ruhela, Bhagwana Kherar and Karam Chand (Chandu’s son) attacked Guru Sahib. Alongwith other Gursikhs, also Bhai Nanu Ji fought in this battle at the frontiers. In the hand-fight Bhagwana Kherar died and his son Rattan Chand got wounded. On the sixth day, Rattan and Karam Chand, ajoined by Mughal forces from Jallandhar, attacked Guru Sahib second time.

    Historical records tell that the battle raised on the day of 3rd October, and Bhai Nanu Ji hit the attackers fearlessly. Both the generals of the attacking force; Rattan Chand and Karam Chand became the hunt of Bhai Sahib’s Tulwar. The battle waged for several hours, and Bhai Ji cut-off the heads of several attackers and at the end, Bhai Nanu Ji also attained Shaheedi. The following statement is given in ’Bhat Vahi Multani-Sindhi’ about Bhai Nanu Ji:

    QUOTE “nwnU bytw mUly kw, pVpoqw cwhV kw, bMs bINJy kw, bMJrauNq, swl solW sY AT`qRw, k`qk pRivSty qIj ky idhuM, gwm ruhIlw prgxw btwlw ky mlHwn, gurU kw bcn pwie rqnw bytw Bgvwny kw, krmw bytw cMdU kw, bwsI klwnOr, ko mwr ky mrw [ gYloN mQrw, bytw iBKy kw, poqw reIey kw, pVpoqw nrsI kw, bMs BgIrQ kw, kOiSS goqR gOV bRwhmx, prwgw bytw goqm kw, Bwrgv goqR, iC`br bRwhmx, hor rx jUJMqy gurU ky joDy swmHy mwQy rx myN jUJ kr mry [”
    (B`t vhI, mulqwnI isMDI, Kwqw bMJrauNqo kw)

    In the history of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, the names Nanu or Nano are mentioned. Bhai Nanu or Bhai Nano are the same person, and this difference of vowels has only araised because of confusion.
    In ‘Gurbilas Pathshahi Chevin’ chapter 14, the following account is found of Bhai Nanu (Nano):

    gurU sUr bWky [ igno nm qw ky [
    jtU sUr jwno [ klXwnw, su nwno ]66]

    clw su nwno Dwie klXwxw kRoD Bir [
    jgnw ikRSnw sUr su molk hrK Dir [
    pWco gur ky sUr cly irs Dwir kY [
    sYnw lInI sMig su pry vMgwir kY [
    pry cpl irs Dwir ibdwry kuMB gj [
    bhu sYnw hq kIn bcw jo jwq Bij ]107]

    gey Bwg mUMjI [ ijnY Qor pUMjI [
    krw juD BXwnw [ su nwno hqwnw ]112]

    This article is based on Dr. Harjinder Singh Dilgeer's book 'Sikh Panth de 230 Mahan Shaheed - Jinna 1621 toon 1734 taak Shaheedian Dittian'. This is the first record, next records will be translated as days go.
    Forgive me for my poor english, and please correct it
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