Baba Lakhmi Chand
Baba Lakhmi Chand also called Lakhmi Chand (12 February 1497 - 9 April 1555), the younger son of Guru Nanak, was born to Mata Sulakhni at Sultanpur Lodhi, in presentday Kapurthala district of the Punjab, on 19 Phagun 1553 Bk/12 February 1497. Unlike his elder brother, Sri Chand, Lakhmi Das got married and led a householder's life. The Bedi families of the Punjab claim their descent from him. He died at Kartarpur (on Ravi) on 13 Baisakh 1612 Bk/9 April 1555.
The ‘Bedis’ within Sikh historical accounts represent the descendants of Akali Guru Nanak’s second son, Baba Lakhmi Chand Maharaj. Sikh tradition holds that the second son of Akali Guru Nanak was very fond of hunting. Baba Lakhmi Chand then went and hunted down the dangerous animals hidden within the jungle. However, Lakhmi Chand inadvertently ended up killing some animal young.
Baba Siri Chand Maharaj, being the elder son of the Guru, reprimanded Baba Lakhmi Chand for this act and stated that one day he would have to answer for their deaths in the eternal court. The angry Baba Lakhmi Chand came home to his wife, Mata Dhanvanti and baby son, Baba Dharm Chand. Then, mounting a horse he rode out to his holy brother with his family. He told his brother that he was now going to ‘Sach Khand’ (the eternal abode of truth), to give account of his killing of innocent animal young.
According to Sikh Udasi/Bedi legend, Baba Lakhmi Chand’s horse flew into the skies with him and his family. Being a celibate himself, Baba Siri Chand watched his brother rise into the skies and realized that there would be no one left to continue the Guru’s lineage once his brother and his family had left this world. He then miraculously extended his left arm high into the skies, and plucked his baby nephew from the arms of Mata Dhanvanti.
This child’s name was Baba Dharm Chand, and according the legend, Baba Siri Chand suckled his nephew on milk from his big toe. Baba Dharm Chand eventually married the daughter of Diwan Utam Chand and Bibi Lajwanti. This union blessed by Baba Sri Chand Maharaj, was celebrated in tremendous fashion and many prominent Sikhs of the time attended this joyous occasion. In time, Baba Dharm Chand’s wife gave birth to Baba Manak Chand and Baba Mehr Chand. It is from them that all the ‘Bedis’ of today are descended.
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