When the sikh empire fell in 1849, sikhs found themselves in dire circumstances. the mahants had taken over numerous gurdwaras and installed their idols for worship. raja ranjit singh’s general, jowand sikh mokhal’s family and many other notable sikhs converted to islam and christianity.
the british were so convinced of the success their mission to end the sikh way of life that they began photographing sikhs so they could one day be shown in museums. the british also took control of the holiest sikh temple, sri harmandir sahib with eventual plans to make the temple into a christian church. crucifixes were placed near the golden temple’s entrance and sikhs were told that the british were “lawfully” entitled to do as they please with any property in punjab.
sikhs were completely dejected at the thought of losing sri harmandir sahib that the sangat gathered at the temple at 4:30am on april 30, 1877 in search of hope. british intelligence officers were also sent to watch over this gathering. then a miracle happened, which today is written at the main entrance of the temple. it reads... “it is for the knowledge of all that in harimandir sahib on april 30, 1877 at 4.30 in the morning, a strange thing happened. there were about four hundred devotees enjoying spiritual peace of celestial music in harimandir sahib when suddenly a flash of lighting was seen which in the form of a big resplendence entered through the door on the mountain-side and exploded exactly like a ball in front of sri guru granth sahib and illuminating everything then went out, becoming a streak of light through the southern door–though at the time of its exploding there was a dreadful and forceful sound, no harm of any kind occurred to any devotee sitting inside and no harm to the building or anything else in the precinct. all the people described this supernatural scene as the wonderful doing of sri guru ram das himself”
news of the miracle spread like wildfire and revitalized the sikh community at a time when it seemed like extinction was near. gurdwaras were retaken, the panth re-emerged, & british intelligence advised their counterparts to never touch sri harmandir sahib. 🙏🏽
Just love the radiance of color choices and overall originality of this sri harmandir sahib inspired painting by @jeev_art 🙏🏽😀 this piece right here was a commissioned piece that was recently completed by the artist. amazing 🙌🏽
"the true guru has protected and saved me. o guru, you are my father. o guru, you are my mother. o guru, you are my relative, companion and friend. my condition, o my true guru, is known only to you. i was rolling around in the dirt, and no one cared for me at all. in the company of the guru, i, the lowly, have been raised up and exalted. blessed is the guru of servant nanak; meeting him, all my sorrows and troubles have come to an end." (guru granth sahib ji, 167) •beautiful sikh art by @rgxsingh 🙏🏽