Nanaksar Thaath Kaleran
The founder of Thaath Nanaksar was Baba Nand Singh Ji, whose unparalleled Tapasya and sewa of Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji proved the words of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji that Guru Granth Sahib is a Living and Pargat Guru of Sikhs. Same tradition was followed by Baba Isher Singh Ji, who spread message of Guru to the entire world.
Dhan Dhan Baba Nand Singh Ji
Dhan Dhan Baba Nand Singh Ji (8 November 1870 - 1943) was born on Puranmashi night in the month of Kattak (November) 1870 A.D. in the village of Sherpur, Ludhiana District, Punjab, India to Sardar Jai Singh, an artisan by profession and Mata Sada Kaur. He was He was one of greatest Sikh saints of all time.
At the age of five, he was discovered sitting cross-legged in deep meditation for nearly three hours on a raised and narrow bricked edge of a well outside the village. (A little sleep could plunge the child deep into the well). Elderly people who spotted him found him in deep ecstasy and total divine absorption and quickly lifted him up to a safe place. When questioned why he selected that spot, he replied, "In the process of devotion and love of Sri Guru Nanak Sahib if sleep overpowers, it is then better to fall into the well and die rather than live a life otherwise".
He left his village at the age of 20 and stayed at Amritsar and Rookee before residing at Hazoor Sahib where he undertook to perform the duty of bringing two pitchers (Gaagars), full of water from the river Godavari at 12:15am for the purpose of sewa of the Sacred Gurdwara. Baba Ji had a darshan of Sri Guru Har Krishan Sahib, the Eighth Guru, and Sri Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Guru and Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji, many times and whenever he needed to.
In August of 1943, Baba ji was in Dehradun. There he indicated to behangams and sangees that Baba Isher Singh ji would take over all of sewa in future but many could not understand the timing of his bachan. Then suddenly decided to come back to Nanaksar Kaleran. He was not feeling well. A doctor was called but he could not figure out the physical ailment. On August 29, 1943 (13 Bhadron, Samvat 2000) Piyare Baba ji left his physical entity and left for sachkhand. Baba ji’s remains were immersed (Jal Parvah) at Kanniya (Distt Jagraon), in the river Satluj by tearful sangat
Dhan Dhan Baba Isher Singh Ji
Baba Isher Singh Ji was born in the village of Jhorran, Tehsil Jagraon, district Ludhiana on March 26, 1916 to the respected Sardar Bagga Singh Ji and Mata Partap Kaur Ji. From birth Baba Isher Singh Ji’s soul merged with a higher spirituality and continuously mediated with a merciful, peaceful heart that was imbued with an unparalleled spiritual energy bestowed on his shoulders by Akal Purakh himself.
From the earliest age, Baba Isher Singh Ji focused on a deeper, more superior existence, devoting his deeds to a lifestyle founded by Guru Nanak Sahib. Throughout his childhood, Baba Isher Singh Ji continued to share his divine insights with local residents and worked rigorously to provide earnings, food and belongings to all in sight.
In 1929, Baba Nand Singh Ji of Nanaksar-Kaleran came to Village Jhorran to continue his Amrit Sanchar. It was during this visit that the inevitable destiny sent from the heavens took action to merge the paths of these two great saints. This initial visit was of an angelic nature. Baba Nand Singh Ji saw the light of Sikhi shine in the younger Baba Isher Singh Ji and instantly commenced his praise of the young saint. While residing at Village Jhorran, Baba Nand Singh Ji remarked that he needed a chief attendant who was young, pious and of a religious disposition from that village. He further added that the attendant should be a man of firm determination and capable of entertaining the fear and anger of the Master as well as love for him.
Before Baba Nand Singh Ji went to his heavenly abode in 1943, he assembled his closest sewadars (associates) and uttered that Baba Isher Singh Ji had performed perfect sewa and was the only one entrusted to take the mission of Guru Nanak Sahib further. Baba Nand Singh Ji instructed them to show the utmost respect to Baba Isher Singh Ji in the future. Upon Baba Nand Singh Ji’s departure to dargah, Baba Isher Singh Ji could not bear the separation and returned to a place outside of Village Jhorran and devoted himself to seven years of continuous recitations of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Baba Isher Singh Ji laid the foundation of the Nanaksar Thath on Sangrand of month Chet (March). A large number of sangat including carpenters, masons, and blacksmiths came to do the free sewa. The engineers and other experts came from all over to look after the design. Nanaksar was crowned with Golden Kalas (which are 39 feet round and 13 feet high) and the entire seven-story complex was completed in only six months. Not only was this short timeframe a remarkable engineering feat, it’s evermore remarkable considering Baba Isher Singh Ji’s strict Maryada of not asking for, or receiving a single rupee in donation. Looking back, many have talked about the completion of the building as an extraordinary feat, remembering the wonderful moments of nearly 500 masons and thousands of devotees working day and night voluntarily without any wages and it was a sight to be seen that hundreds of trucks were bringing bricks, river sand, cement, steel, iron and other material without any regard for monetary profit. Another astonishing achievement during the construction was the fact that all the food supplies for the volunteers were brought in by Sangis from near and far off places thrice a day without any announcement.
Baba Isher Singh Ji placed a giant emphasis on the need to become Amritdhari. He would visit countless villages and cities throughout India to advance his Amrit Parchar, and the scenes witnessed at these locations were truly staggering as entire villages would come to a halt, and all persons (young or old) would flock to his diwans in the masses to take the holy nectar from the Panj (five) Pyare. Upon completion of the diwans, Baba Isher Singh Ji would ask the entire congregation to recite the principle truth of his discourse – “Khande Da Amrit Pee Lai, Je Milna Kalgian Wale Nu” (take this holy Amrit, if you want to meet Kalgidhar Patshah, the 10th God.) Thousands upon thousands would come together to change their lives forever, and in 13 short years, Baba Isher Singh Ji administered Amrit to over 750,000 Sikhs – which is a record unparalleled in history.