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Sikh's holy urn returns to Amritsar from Pak

Rai Azizullah Khan was a descendent of the Nawab of Raikot Kalah III who took the urn to Pakistan before Partition.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 00:11 IST

Ganga Sagar, an urn gifted by Sikh Guru Govind Singh to an ancestor of Pakistan National Assembly member Rai Azizullah Khan, 300 years ago when they ruled Raikot (Ludhiana), was brought back in Wagah on Sunday.

Khan, who brought with him the metallic golden urn of high religious significance to the community, was received by a large number of Sikh devotees led by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) after entering India through the land route of the international border.

A direct descendent of the Nawab of Raikot Kalah III who was gifted the urn by the 10th Sikh Guru in 1705, Khan had taken the Ganga Sagar to Pakistan just before the Partition.

It was brought for display at Gurdwara Tahliana Sahib in Ludhiana in 2004 and made its way to Amritsar district after being brought from Britain.

Khan said his family felt blessed that his ancestor was given the Ganga Sagar by Guru Gobind. "We are taking special care of it and had kept it in a bank locker in the UK".

He said he was the only son of Rai Faqirullah Khan and migrated to Pakistan along with his father after the Partition in 1947.

Narrating the Ganga Sagar's history, he said Gobind went to Machiwara in 1704 leaving Anandpur Sahib after the order of death warrant against his family by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.

When the Sikh Guru reached the princely state of Raikot, the Muslim ruler Kalha welcomed him and asked him to be his guest for as long as he wanted. Gobind spent 16 days with Kalha.

During his stay, Gobind asked Mahi to give him milk in the Ganga Sagar, which was a part of his personal belongings. Mahi said that his buffalo did not give milk and even if it did the milk will not stay in the Ganga Sagar as it had many holes in it.

The Guru then told him to take God's name and start milking the buffalo. To Mahi's bewilderment, the buffalo gave milk and it did not spill out of the Ganga Sagar, he said.

Before leaving Raikot, Gobind presented the Ganga Sagar and a sword in appreciation of the services and hospitality extended by Rai Kalha who put his own life and that of his family at stake.

First Published: Aug 27, 2006 23:02 IST