Samadhi of Bhai Vasti Ram

November 20, 2008


Bhai Vasti Ram (1708-1802), was son of Bhai Bulaka Singh, who is said to have accompanied Guru Gobind Singh to the South in 1707 from where he returned with his blessings to settle in Lahore. Vasti Ram lived through the long period of persecution the Sikhs endured and their eventual rise to political power in the Punjab. He devoted himself to the study of medicine, and became famous for his skill in the use of indigenous herbs. He was deeply religious and Godfearing, and treated his patients free of charge. Stories of his healing power and of his piety spread far and wide, and he came to be credited ‘with supernatural powers. To say nothing of the common people, he was visited by important Sikh chiefs who came to seek his blessings. Among his frequent visitors were Jassa Singh Ahluvalia and the Bharigi sard’di’s, Lahina Singh, Gu[jar Singh, Ganda Singh and Jhanda Singh. Maharaja Ranjit Singh himself became an ardent devotee early in Ins career.

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Shiwala Gulab Rai from Maryam Zamani Mosque

November 12, 2008


According to Kanahiya Lal the historian, the Gulab Rai Shiwala lies at the back of Khushal Singhs Haveli ( Now Government College for Girls, Chuna Mandi) and is distinguished by the gilded spire . He states it was in a state of neglect even in the late nineteenth century. Its graceful head is still visible in the rising humble crowd of new dwellings.