Guru Har Krishan at Delhi : Guru Har Krishan Ji

A very limited number of Sikhs and reverend ladies of the Guru’s household reached Delhi along with the child Guru. Raja Jai Singh in all humility, went ahead to receive the Guru. He was very courteous and showed due respect to the Guru. He brought the Guru to his bungalow. He managed to see that the Guru was provided with every comfort. The palace where the Guru stayed in Delhi ,has now been converted into a very magnificient building of Gurdwara Bangla Shaib.

Raja Jai Singh was in a fix. Aurangzeb was exerting pressure upon him to present the Guru in his court. On the other hand, the Guru had acceded to the invitation of Raja Jai Singh on the condition that he would be his guest. He (the Raja) could not displease the Emperor, he could not back out of his promise to the Guru.

One day, he requested the Guru to accompany him to the royal court. He said, “The Emperor is desirous of hearing you before deciding the case for the Gurgaddi. As Ram Rai has been pushing forward his claims, I shall be there to defend you.”

Guru Har Krishan said,”Raja SahiblYou know that my father had forewarned me not to see the Emperor. You know. I cannot go against his injunction, may it costs me my life.” Raja Jai Singh found that it was futile on his part to pursuade the Guru to visit the royal court.

He thought, it would be wiser to request the Emperor to send one of his sons to hear the Guru and then convey the summary of his arguments to the Emperor. He explained the impediment of the Guru’s visit to the royal court in such a way that the Emperor agreed to hear the Guru through one of his sons.

Consequently, the Emperor sent prince

Mauzam to the bungalow of Raja Jai Singh. Guru Har Krishan cited examples of the previous Gurus.

He told the prince that Gurugaddi was not a Jagir or property to be inherited. His great grandfather Guru Har Gobind had two living sons but he conferred the Gurugaddi on his younger grandson Har Rai. Similarly, his father had ignored the claims of his elder brother Ram Rai and bestowed it to him.

He further told the prince that it was the prerogative of the Guru to bestow it even to a Sikh. The first three Gurus had passed the Gurugaddi to their Sikhs, whom they thought worthy of the holy office. They had their sons, but they thought that they fell short of the requisite qualifications for the holy office. So none, but the Guru had the powers to appoint his successor.

The Prince was fully convinced that the claim of Ram Rai to the Gurugaddi was unjust. He

sounded the Emperor about the arguments put forward by Guru Har Krishan. He, himself , pleaded that the claim of Ram Rai lacked justification and that the deceased Guru had put his seal in favour of Har Krishan and it was beyond any alteration.

The Emperor decided that the claim of Ram Rai for the Gurugaddi was false. So, he rejected his claim and his Gase was dismissed.