The carrier of the flame

  • Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 13, 2014 12:29 IST

Bhagat Puran Singh started Pingalwara, an abode for the homeless and destitute, in Amritsar.

Today, Bibi Inderjit Kaur, a doctor, is nurturing the flame lit by him. After the death of her father in 1975, Bhagat Puran Singh took her as his daughter. She devoted her time and energy to the cause of the Pingalwara. In 1986, Bhagat Puran Singh nominated her his successor.

The ostracised, mentally challenged, disabled, deaf, old and abandoned, all find shelter at the Mannanwala (Amritsar) facility, which is now home to 1,700 inmates.

“It was Harjit’s idea to come up with a commercial feature film on Bhagat Ji. Initially, when he approached me, our trust did not have the amount to finance the film. But the day we felt we could financially back the idea, I told Harjit to start. This film would let people from various communities and countries know the great saintly figure that was Bhagat Puran ji, who practically imbibed the teachings of the Gurbani in his living. The purpose of backing this film is that youth should make Bhagat ji their role model and learn that it is possible to live life this way. Today, many claim that in a commercial era, one cannot live like a saint, but this film would answer all their queries. I request the youth of Punjab and others to learn from Bhagat ji’s life,” says Bibi Inderjeet Kaur.

Director Harjit Singh says, “One has to meet Bhagat ji to infuse emotion into the film. I feel lucky that when I was making my documentary in 1992, I could meet him and spend time with him.

This film will tell the world that Bhagat Puran Singh’s life was influenced by his mother Mehtab Kaur’s teachings and how her death impacted him. She is the one to be credited to give this world a saint like Puran ji.”

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