Dhan Dhan Guru De Pyarai Daughter of Sri Guru Gobind Sahib Ji Daughter of Mata Sahib Kaur Ji Fearless Warriors Courageous Mothers Determined Daughters They suffered great in-humane tortures Watch their children bleed to death Witnessed the brutal murder of their husbands Yet, they fought for freedom and faith Remembered Guru Ji in every breath And were an Inspiration to all Sikhs We are a Kaur Princess We are a Brave Lioness We are the Daughters of the Khalsa

The Tradition of the Faithful Bibi Rajni

In the era of Guru Ram Das Ji, one cannot leave out Rajni, youngest daughter of Rai Duni Chand, revenue collector (kardar) of Patti. (The story has all the myth, magic and miracles of a genuine Sakhi, but is nevertheless a charming story). Rajni was a Sikh, a disciple of the Guru. One day she was sitting with her sisters admiring some new clothing they all had received from their father. The girls were ecstatic and exclaiming how good their father was to them.

Rajni observed that all gifts are ultimately from God. Their father was merely an instrument of His greatness.

Unfortunately for her, he overheard her comment and became very angry.
It was not the First time that she incurred his wrath because of her extreme piety. The infuriated father, believing her to be an ungrateful wretch, married her to a leper with a taunt that he would see how her God would help her lead a normal life. The leper was severely disfigured and a foul smell came from his body. The poor girl had accepted her fate ungrudgingly and worked hard to maintain herself and her crippled husband.


She kept repeating the name of God, and was certain that he was testing her with this turn of events. She was forced to beg for a living. Still she bathed and fed her leper husband, never losing faith.

"Guru Ji says, she who looks upon the Husband as the Lord, is blessed and has firm faith; great are those wives and they are received with honour in the Court of the Lord."(SGGSJ Ang 185)

gourree guaaraeree mehalaa 5II
kalijug mehi mil aaeae sa(n)jog II
jichar aagiaa thichar bhogehi bhog II1II
jalai n paaeeai raam sanaehee II
kirath sa(n)jog sathee out(h) hoee 1 rehaao II
dhaekhaa dhaekhee manehat(h) jal jaaeeai II
pria sa(n)g n paavai bahu jon bhavaaeeai II2II
seel sa(n)jam pria aagiaa maanai II
this naaree ko dhukh n jamaanai II3II
kahu naanak jin prio paramaesar kar jaaniaa
dhha(n)n sathee dharageh paravaaniaa II4II30II99II


Gauree Gwaarayree, Fifth Mehla:
In the Dark Age of Kali Yuga, they come together through destiny.
As long as the Lord commands, they enjoy their pleasures. II1II
By burning oneself, the Beloved Lord is not obtained.
Only by the actions of destiny does she rise up and burn herself, as a 'satee'. IIPauseII Imitating what she sees, with her stubborn mind-set, she goes into the fire.
She does not obtain the Company of her Beloved Lord, and she wanders through countless incarnations. II2II
With pure conduct and self-restraint, she surrenders to her Husband Lord's Will; that woman shall not suffer pain at the hands of the Messenger of Death. II3II
Says Nanak, she who looks upon the Transcendent Lord as her Husband, is the blessed 'satee'; she is received with honor in the Court of the Lord. II4II30II99II


At the time of holding the ‘pula’ the bride is promising to:


"Beloved husband if you take my hand; I shall never forsake You." (SGGSJ Ang 322)

ma 5 II
jeevan padh nirabaan eiko simareeai II
dhoojee naahee jaae kin bidhh dhheereeai II
ddit(h)aa sabh sa(n)saar sukh n naam bin II
than dhhan hosee shhaar jaanai koe jan II
ra(n)g roop ras baadh k karehi paraaneeaa II
jis bhulaaeae aap this kal nehee jaaneeaa II
ra(n)g rathae nirabaan sachaa gaavehee II
naanak saran dhuaar jae thudhh bhaavehee II2II



Fifth Mehla:
To obtain the state of life of Nirvaanaa, meditate in remembrance on the One Lord.
There is no other place; how else can we be comforted?
I have seen the whole world - without the Lord's Name, there is no peace at all.
Body and wealth shall return to dust - hardly anyone realizes this.
Pleasure, beauty and delicious tastes are useless; what are you doing, O mortal?
One whom the Lord Himself misleads, does not understand His awesome power.
Those who are imbued with the Love of the Lord attain Nirvaanaa, singing the Praises of the True One.
Nanak: those who are pleasing to Your Will, O Lord, seek Sanctuary at Your Door.II2II

Husband – if you are holding my hand in marriage then I will not leave your side until the day I die.

One day, she reached the site of a pool on her way to a neighboring village. Placing the basket containing her husband by the side of the pool, she had gone off on an errand, most probably to look for food. In the meantime, her crippled husband had seen a black crow dip into the water of the pool and come out white.
Amazed at this miracle, the man crawled up to the edge of the pool and managed a dip. He found himself completely cured.

When his wife returned, she was amazed to find her husband in good health. He was handsome and whole. At first, she was alarmed and suspected that he might be a different person. He had, however, kept one finger with leprosy marks un-dipped. He showed her the diseased finger as proof of his identity.

The couple thanked God, and went to the Guru to seek his blessings.

The pool was the future site of the Sri Harminder Sahib. The medicinal properties of the water were said to have come from Basil (Tulsi), which grew in abundance on its banks. Guru Amar Das Ji used to pick the herb there to make poultices for an infected toe that plagued Guru Angad Ji. The legendary importance of the site highlights the medicinal properties of the waters of the pool, Rajni's leper husband was cured in.


Sakhi relates that if you keep faith in God then one day all rewards are paid. Bibi Rajni had always kept the Faith in Guru and God, being happy with whatever she had and thus was rewarded at the end.

Bibi Rajni, was known for her unmatched dedication, and rewarded the community through the construction of the sacred pool of Sri Harminder Sahib in Amritsar.

by FaujKaur @ Monday, October 23, 2006
comments: 4

Comments:

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:05 AM
bhainji,

is the story of Bibi Rajni just a myth? or was she an actual Gursikh?

 
By Blogger FaujKaur, at 11:31 PM
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa!!
Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh!!!

Good Question, I was thinking the same thing when I read this Sakhi, however according to some information I found, and asked a few people, I think the story is true.

When Guru Ram Dass became the fourth Patshah he founded the Amritsar city and constructed inside it a beautiful holy tank of nectar. Historians describe that at the site of this tank, there existed a small pond, the water of that-pond possessed ambrosial powers. One day when Bibi Rajni visited this place with her leper husband, she was astonished to see that her husband after taking bath in that holy pond was cured of leprosy.

So the fourth Guru made up his mind to construct a Pacca tank in order to cure the people from their physical and worldly diseases. Now the people who take bath in this holy tank is rescued of all sufferings. People from all over the world come here and takes the Amrit (nectar) of this tank to their homes.

As well, I asked this question to someone else and they told me there is a place dedicated to Bibi Ji at Sri Harminder Sahib. If anyone reading this post knows anything about please expand on this information.

From my own research (internet information) I found that, GURDWARA DUKH BHANJANI BERI Stands on the eastern flank of the sarovar by the side of yet another jujube tree known as Dukh Bhanjani (lit. eradicator of suffering) Beri. The place is associated with the legend of Bibi Rajani whose leper husband is said to have been cured of his malady by having a dip in the old pond which had existed here since ancient times. Guru Ram Das, hearing the report of this miracle, decided to develop the reservoir into a proper bathing tank. He is himself said to have given the tree the name Dukh Bhanjani. People have a strong faith that water in this portion of the tank will heal their ailments.

 
ahhh an enchanting story - this is dipicted quite well in the old film "Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam" if you get A chance to get that!

As for this story, I have often wondered if it's true and my (not so extensive) research led to YES it is true! Like FK said the Dukh Bhanjan Beri still stands; this was the tree Rajini's leper husband held onto as he submerged into the small pond. Apparently, throughout their travels as Rajini and her husband went they would hear voices of "Dukh bhanjan beri" or something...

 
By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:43 AM
This is just a myth to prove that there was a pool before Guru Ram Das Ji constructed Darbar Sahib and the Sarovar. This is also to prove that he amrit kund of bhraminical stories fell down from dev lok when the dev & the rakshas were fighting with each other for the amrit and it felt down on earth at different location where hindus do the pilgimage. Can you give some historical proof of bibi Rajni. This is also a story to make sikh undarstand that it is also scribd in the Guru Granth Sahib "Kago Hans Kare" which is not true if you take the full verse and understand the meaning of it. Guru ji made sarovars in order to eliminate the caste system where people of one caste were not allowed to take water from the same well from which the high caste people used to take. Guru ji whent ahead of that and make them bath in the same pool so that equality comes in them and their mind also. Sarovars are ment to shed the egoness of caste and be one with all. Dont rely on the mythological stories which does not have historical proofs.

 

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