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After Guru Tegh Bahadur's execution, his head and body were left exposed in the street in order to serve as a lesson to those who would think of going against the Emperor's will and the rules of Islam. Strong guards were placed to prevent their removal. The Guru's execution had a staggering effect on the Sikhs. Nobody from the 'high-caste' Sikhs came forward to claim the martyred Guru's body for the purpose of cremation. Only a 'low-caste' Lubana Sikh, named Lakhi Shah, had the courage to secretly take away the headless body in a cart to his hut outside the city. He erected a pyre within his hut, placed the body on it, and set fire to his hut in order to make out that it was all an accident. His hut was in the village of Rakab Ganj, near Delhi. The site is now marked by a Gurudwara named Rakab Ganj. It was erected by Sardar Baghel Singh in 1790.

Another 'low-caste' Ranghreta Sikh, named Jaita, belonging to the sweeper class, took up the Guru's head and hurried away with it to Anandpur. There he presented it to the martyred Guru's son. Guru Gobind Singh, who was then a mere child of less than nine, was deeply touched with the dauntless courage and extreme devotion of the Ranghreta Sikh. Flinging his arms round Bhai Jaita's neck, he declared, 'Ranghrete Guru ke bete - Ranghretasare the Guru's own sons. Here through you, I embrace them all as such.' Guru Gobind Singh cremated the head with due Sikh rites.

Guru Gobind Singh was deeply grieved to learn that the execution of Guru Tegh Bahadur had so thoroughly staggered and demoralized the Sikhs that nobody from the high class Sikhs came forward to claim the martyred Guru's body. Only a Ranghreta Sikh had the daring to pick up the head, and a Lubana Sikh took the risk of taking away and cremating the headless body. Nobody from the high class Sikhs had shown the courage of his convictions and openly declare that they were the martyred Guru's Sikhs. On the contrary, when questioned by the officials whether they were Sikhs, they had all, except the Guru's immediate followers, denied their religion.

The Guru saw in this the danger of backsliding among the Sikhs. 'It is possible' thought he, 'that the Sikhs might fall back into the great sea from which they have been taken out.' Hence he vowed that he would make it impossible for the Sikhs to hide their creed in future. He would give them such form and appearance, some such distinguishing marks that even a single Sikh mixed up with thousands of others would be recognizable at once, most easily and unmistakably. A distinctive form and appearance would serve another purpose, too. The Sikhs would have to be true and pure in order to maintain the dignity of their distinctive guise, so that none might have a chance or justification to remark, 'Fie upon you! You are a Sikh of Guru Nanak-Gobind Singh, and you are behaving in such an un-Sikh-like manner.' In this way the Sikhs would stand out distinct from others not only in external appearance, but also in internal virtue and day-to-day life.




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