Bedi

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Bedi is a well known Khatri clan in India. Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, was born into this clan. His son, Sri Chand was the founder of the Udasi order, which is the oldest of the existing Sikh sect.

Etymology

The ancestors of Guru Nanak Dev came to be called as Bedi (Vedi), because they had studied the Vedas, the ancient Hindu texts, according to the Bichitra Natak, the autobiography of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.

The text below is taken from the Dasam Granth (Bichitra Natak section), [1]

BHUJANG PRAYAAT STANZA

In mythology Bedis are said to be the descendants of Kusha, the son of Lord Rama. As is known, Lord Rama had two sons Lava and Kusha who had established their kingdom in Punjab. In fact, the famous city of Lahore, which was originally called Lava Awar (the fort of Lava) owes its name to Lava. Centuries later intercine quarrels between the descendants of Lava and Kusha, ended when the descendants of Lava were victorious over the descendants of Kusha. Some of the descendants of Kusha saved themselves by fleeing to Kashi where many of them delved into the studies of the four Vedas. Those who studied the Vedas (called Vedis or Bedis), absorbed themselves in good acts of righteousness. Generations later, when the then King of Punjab requested them to return to their ancient home land, all the Bedis returned to Punjab.


The Sodhi king of Madra Desha (Punjab) sent letters to them, entreating them to forget the past enmities.1.

The messengers sent by the king came to Kashi and gave the message to all the Bedis. All the reciters of the Vedas came to Madra Desha and made obeisance to the king.2.

The king caused them to recite the Vedas in the traditional manner and all the brethren (both Sodhis and Pelis) sat together. Saam-Veda, Yajur-Veda and Rig-Ved were recited, the essence of the sayings was imbibed (by the king and his clan).3.

The sin-remover Atharva-Veda was recited. The king was highly pleased and the bequeathed his kingdom to Bedis.4.

He himself adopted the sin-destroyer Vanaprastha Ashrama. He put on the garb of a sage (rishi) and gave his kingdom to the reciter (Amrit Rai)5.

The people tried to the king to do so, but, he had abandoned all sorrows. And leaving his wealth and property, absorbed himself in divine love.6.

Having been bestowed the kingdom, the Bedis were very much pleased. With happy heart, he predicted this boon: When in the Iron Age, I shall be called Nanak, you will attain the Supreme State and be worshipped by the world."7.

The descendants of Lava, after handing over the kingdom, went to the forest, and the Bedis (descendants of Kusha) began to rule. They enjoyed all comforts of the earth in various ways.8.

O Sdhi king! You have listened to the recitation of three Vedas, and while listening to the fourth, you gave away your kingdom. When I shall have taken three births, you will be made the Guru in he fourth birth."9.

That (Sodhi) king left for the forest, and this (Bedi) king absorbed himself in royal pleasures. There arose again quarrels and enmities, there was none to defuse the situation. In due course of time it actually happened that the Bedi clan began to lose parts of its kingdom.1.

The Vaishyas acted like Shudras and Kshatriyas like Vaishyas. The Vaishyas acted like Kshatriyas and Shudras like Brahmins.2.

Only twenty villages were left with the Bedis. A long time passed like this till the birth of Nanak.3.

Nanak Rai took birth in the Bedi clan. He brought comfort to all his disciples and helped them at all times.4.

Guru Nanak spread Dharma in the Iron Age and put the seekers on the path. Those who followed the path propagated by him, were never harmed by the vices.5.

All those who came within his fold, they were absolved of all their sins and troubles, Their sorrows, their wants were vanished and even their transmigration came to and end.6. Nanak transformed himself to Angad and spread Dharma in the world

History

Sri Chand was a celibate yogi, but his younger brother, Lakshmi Chand (or Lakshmi Das), was married to the daughter of Diwan Uttam Chand. It is said that all the Bedis today are descendants of Manak Chand and Mehar Chand, the two sons of Lakshmi Chand. Traditionally the Bedis were specially respected by the Sikhs. Baba Kaladhari, a Bedi, was honoured and given special gifts by Guru Gobind Singh. Baba Kaladhari had inherited a cap ("seli topi") originally worn by Guru Nanak Dev. This cap has been preserved at Una in present-day Himachal Pradesh. Sahib Singh Bedi was asked to preside over the coronation of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Baba Khem Singh Bedi along with Thakur Singh Sanduwallia founded the Sanatan Singh Sabha. The current head of the family are Baba Surinder Singh Bedi who is based in Punjab & Baba Sarabjot Singh Bedi who is based in Una, Himachal Pradesh.

Guru Nanak Ji's Chola(upper garment) is lying on display at Sri Chola Sahib at Dera Baba Nanak which is managed by a local Bedi family who's progeny takes turns to control and collect manage donations for the upkeep of the Gurudwara.

Bedi's Today

The Bedi family who today could be considered of Aristocratic descent have spread all over the world after the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. The family has roots spread all over , with a few Bedis who still possess ancestral items of value. A certain part of the lineage have also claimed that one member from each generation has been blessed with gifts of intuition and extra ordinary abilities. A majority of the Bedi's have no contact with each other after the partition as most of them moved to different parts of the world namely the United Kingdom , United States of America , Canada and certain places in India such as Una(Himachal Pradesh),Pune(Maharashtra),Mulshi(Maharashtra),Delhi.

Dera Baba Nanak

Dera Baba Nanak is the traditional home of the Bedi clan some of whom were granted Jagirs by Maharaja Ranjit Singh who had profound respect for the Bedis, particularly Baba Sahib Singh Bedi who had put coronation Tilak on the forehead of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. One more head of the family Baba Tikka Baba Harbhajan Singh Bedi is based in Chandigarh, India.

Tikka Baba Harbhajan Singh Bedi is the 16th Descendent in the bloodline starting from Guru Nanak Dev ji with two sons Tikka Surjinder Singh Bedi and Kunwar Arvinder Singh Bedi. Tikka Surjinder Singh Bedi is blessed with one son Tikka Prabnek Singh Bedi and [2]Arvinder Singh Bedi is blessed with two sons Tikka Nain Noor Singh Bedi and Kunwar Gagandeep Singh Bedi three of them making the 18th current bloodline starting from Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

The Blood Lines Of Guru Nanak

This is the blood line of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and decsenants: 1.Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sam 1526-1596) 2.Baba lakhmi das ji and Baba Sri. chand ji (never married) 3.Baba Dhram Chand JI 4.Baba Mehar Chand JI 5.Baba Roop Chand JI 6.Baba Karam chand JI 7.Baba Maha Singh JI 8.Baba Lakhpat JI 9.Baba Raghpat JI 10.Baba Gandaa Singh JI 11.Baba Mool Singh JI 12.Baba Kartar Singh JI 13.Baba Pratp Singh ji 14.Baba Vikrama Singh JI 15. Baba Narinder Singh JI 16.Tikka Baba Harbhajan Singh JI 17. Tikka Baba Surjinder Singh JI and Kuwar Baba Arvinder Singh JI 18. Tikka Nainnoor Singh JI and Kuwar Gagandeep Singh JI

Bedis in Pune

Three more heads of the Bedi family are in Pune and are children of Kunwar Baba Autar Singh Sahib who is the son of Kunwar Baba Jhalmal Singh Sahib of Rawalpindi.These are the members of the Bedi dynasty who moved from Rawalpindi to Pune. They possess the "Choga"(royal robes) once worn by Guru Nanak Dev Ji which are made of real GOLD . The Choga is worn by the successors on the day of their marriage as tradition. These are the 16th descendants of Guru Nanak Dev Ji who are from Rawalpindi . The Red and gold robes ( The Choga )have been maintained for more than 400 years and has been passed on to the successors.

The sons of Kunwar Baba Autar singh sahib Were the last to reside at the "Bedi Mahal" built by Raja Baba Khem Singh Bedi Sahib in Rawalpindi before the India Pakistan Partition. The 3 sons are Kunwar Baba Iqbal Singh sahib who had two sons Kunwar Baba Tejpal Singh Bedi Sahib followed by his son Kunwar Baba Jatinpal Singh Bedi Sahib who is the eldest son in the family and Baba Harpal Singh Bedi Sahib followed by his son Kunwar Baba Ravishpal Singh Bedi Sahib, Baba Jagtar Singh sahib followed by his sons Kunwar Baba Navinder Singh Bedi Sahib and Kunwar Baba Surinder Singh Bedi Sahib who had two sons Kunwar Baba Mankaran Singh Bedi Sahib and Kunwar Baba Harjas Sahai Bedi Sahib .The Youngest Son of Autar Singh Sahib was Baba Palinder Singh sahib who has a son named Baba Kanwarpal Singh Bedi sahib, who was followed by his son Kunwar Baba Dashmeet Singh Bedi Sahib.

Each of the Bedi's who shifted to Pune from Rawalpindi have their own children and grandchildren and the last Bedi's in the family are Kunwar Baba Jatinpal Singh Bedi Sahib , Kunwar Baba Ravishpal Singh Bedi Sahib ,Kunwar Baba Mankaran Singh Bedi Sahib, Kunwar Baba Dashmeet Singh Bedi Sahib and the youngest Kunwar Baba Harjas Sahai Bedi Sahib who are the last and also the Crown Prince's of the Kingdom of Madra Desha(Punjab) in Pakistan and other cities which then came under the Kingdom of the Royal bedi family including LAHORE(Which was later ruled by Maharaja Ranjit Singhji) and RAWALPINDI(Birthplace of majority of the Bedis in Pakistan) and 20 surrounding villages, they are the last in the royal Bedi bloodline.

Baba Sri Chand enlarges his arm to bring on earth his nephew, the son of his brother Baba Lakhmi Das who with his wife and son were flying off to give their account of hunting animals. Baba Lakhmi Das was a hunter and was told by Baba Sri Chand that one day he will have to pay for killing animals. To this Baba Lakhmi Das replied that he will leave this world immediately and face the consequences. On the way Baba Sri Chand got his son to come back as he had nothing to do with it and Baba ji wanted Guru Nanak's family tree to prosper through this boy.


Eminent Personalities Decendents of Baba Sahib Dayal Bedi

1. Baba Sahib Dayal Bedi 1874-1941, Builder of the ITC Saharanpur, and builder of the railway line between Lahore and Delhi including the Jamuna Bridge. Baba Shiba Dayal Bedi also was the Municipal Commissioner of Saharanpur during the 1930s. Many Gurudwaras were built by Baba Shib Dayal Bedi. The railway station in Saharanpur was also built by him. The Victoria cross was given to him in 1937. The title of Sir was refused by Baba Shib Dayal Bedi as he felt the title of Baba was greater and valuable. One of His Grandsons Baba Dr. Dina Nath Bedi (1938-1998), was a computer pioneer and developed much in the way of speech and multimedia technology. He was director of the computer science department of CUNY from 1975-1984. In this time he trained blind programmers and this was an incredible task during this time. He was written about and authored a book on this subject. He also was appointed by Indira Gandhi to science and advisory commission of India along with M.N. Dastoor. Amougst his greatest contribution to science are his works which helped India become a centre for producing programmers. His son Baba Vickram A. Bedi (1974-) developed the world's first Pentium-based laptop in 1994. And is the the President of Datalink Computer Products, Inc. and D.N.Bedi Property group. At the current time this line is 16 Generations from Guru Nanak Bedi. And the family possesses a family tree which was verified by British Indian Government in 1941. The title of Sir was refused by Baba Sahib Dayal Bedi as he felt the title of Baba was greater and valuable.

References

Munciple records Saharanpur, Uttar Pardesh. Family tree of Baba Shib Dayal Bedi compiled in 1905. Relics in the hands of Baba Shib Dayal Bedi.

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