A Sikh sect founded by one Ramdewa who used to draw water for the Guru Teg Bahadur's followers and horses. Seeing his zeal the Guru one day said, "Brother, you pour water like the rain (Minh)." Thenceforth he was styled Mihan and the guru invested him with a seli (a woollen cord) or hair necklace, a cap (topi), a drum (nagara) and the gift of apostleship. Thus he became a sadh and made converts. When Guru Teg Bahadur became Guru, Ramdewa went to Anandpur, but hearing his drum, the Guru bade his followers take it away. Ramdewa nevertheless brought an offering to the Guru who asked him if he cared nothing for the loss of his drum. Ramdewa replied, "It is thine, thou hast given and thou hast taken away." The Guru gave him half his own turban and the title of Mihan Sahib, and also returned his drum. The mahant of the sect still wears half a turban and his followers are also called Bakhshish sadhus from Bakhsh (the gift of apostleship). They have a dera at Patiala.
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