Bakht Mall

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BAKHT MALL and Tara Chand, masands or accredited Sikh preachers in Kabul, once led the sangat of their area to Punjab to wait on Guru Hargobind (1595 - 1644). Among the offerings they brought were two pedigree horses of excelling beauty, named Gulbagh and Dilbagh. As they were passing through Lahore, the imperial governor seized the two horses for the royal Guru stable. The masands along with the sangat caught up with Guru Hargobind, then travelling across the Malva region, at Mahraj and complained about the high-handedness of the Mughal authority. Bhai Bidhi Chand retrieved the horses by using canning strategy. This led to a clash of arms occurring at Mahraj on 16 December 1634.


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2. Bhalla, Sarup Das, Mahima Prakash. Patiala. 1971

3. Gian Singh, Giani, Twarikh Guru Khalsa. Patiala, 1970

4. Macauliffe, Max Arthur, The Sikh Religion. Oxford, 1909