Guru Har Krishan
Guru Har Krishan
The younger son of Guru Har Rai and Mata Krishan Kaurji was named Har Krishan - a combination of the names of both his father and mother. Born on July 7, 1656, he was the youngest to be declared Guru at around just five in 1661 before the departure of Guru Har Rai. This angered Guru Har Rai's elder son, Ram Rai. Out of sheer jealousy, he complained to Aurangzeb, who issued orders through Raja Jai Singh for the young Guru to appear before him.
Along with a few of his family members, he went to Delhi where he was received with honour by Raja Jai Singh and the Sikhs of Delhi. People from all walks of life came to pay a visit and have a glimpse of the youngest Guru. It is mentioned that Prince Muzzam also paid a visit.
At that moment, an epidemic of cholera and smallpox broke out in Delhi. The young Guru moved through all the affected areas and attended to sufferers of all castes and creeds. The Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs were impressed by the compassion, kindness and fearlessness shown by the inexperienced Guru. He was rightly named Bat Pir (child prophet).
The epidemic did not spare the child prophet. High fever and the dangerous smallpox struck him. His mother came to assist him but it was too late. Asked to name the next Guru, he repeatedly exclaimed 'Baba Bakala' - which meant Tegh Bahadur, a resident of village Bakala, near the river Beas.
His end quickly drew near. He asked that nobody should mourn his death. He instructed them to sing hymns from Guru Vani. Too young to resist the combined attack of fever and smallpox, he breathed his last on March 30, 1664, slowly reciting the word 'Wahe Guru'.