Many Gurdwaras had already been freed without much of a problem, but this one would prove to be a bigger hurdle. Ghukkevali village, which is located about 20 km from Amritsar, has two historic gurdwaras located close to each other. One commemorates the visit of Guru Arjan in 1585. The other, laid out on the site of a bagh (garden), which gave it its name, is associated with a visit from Guru Tegh Bahadur in 1664.

Like most Gurdwaras after the British took over, the management passed, long ago, during mid 18th century, into the hands of mahants (abbots or caretakers) who belonged to the monastic order of Udasi Sikhs, an order started by one of Guru Nanak’s sons.

The order had once been closely associated with Sikhi with its members often spreading Sikhi at one time. When the brave Sikhs had prices on their heads, and the Sikh Warriors, were fighting against the Mughals, a period of chaos, and hardship, and also known as the period of Sikh Martyrdom, and the founding of the Sikh Misls, In the same period, the Mahants whose appearance was more like that of a Hindu Sadhu, were asked to take care of only some of the Gurdwaras, which were Nankana Sahib, Panja Sahib, Guru Ka Bagh, and some Gurdwaras, around Anandpur Sahib.

After 1849, fall of the Sikh Kingdom of Punjab, the mahants had Started to, grown apart from the Sikh religion and had started including Corrupt rituals and ceremonies in the Gurwaras that Sikhs found beadabe (sacreligious).

The grant of jagirs to such sacred places in the times of the 18th century Sikh misls and the days of the many 19th century Sikh kingdoms, as well as the offerings of the devotees had made the custodians wealthy men who had become accustomed to luxury.

Many of them had, like the Hindu Priests who passed the ‘ownership’ of a Mandir down through their family, begun to think of themselves as the owners of the Gurdwaras, and made It like their House. At Guru-ka-Bagh, the Sikh reformers’ capacity for suffering and their capacity for resistance was put to the test.

Many Gurdwaras had been regained through peaceful resistance, this one would prove to be a far more challenging task.

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