the era of
Guru Ram Das ji, one cannot leave out
Rajni, youngest daughter of Rai Duni Chand,
revenue collector (kardar) of Patti. Rajni was a
Sikh, a disciple of the Guru. One day she
was sitting with her sisters admiring some new clothing they all had
received from their father. The girls were ecstatic and exclaiming how good
their father was to them.
observed that all gifts are ultimately from God. Their father was merely an
instrument of His greatness.
for her, her father overheard her comment and became very angry. It was not
the first time that she incurred his wrath because of her extreme piety. The
infuriated father, believing her to be an ungrateful wretch, married her to
a leper with a taunt that he would see how her God would help her lead a
normal life. The leper was severely disfigured and a foul smell came from
his body. The poor girl had accepted her fate unchangingly and worked hard
to maintain herself and her crippled husband.
kept repeating the name of God (Naam
Simran), and was certain that God was testing her with this turn
of events. She was forced to beg for a living. Still she bathed, fed and
cared lovingly for her leper husband, never losing faith.
the word 'husband' in
Gurbani refers to the Lord and 'wife'
refers to all of us; it is however important here as Bibi Rajni was a person
who had accepted the light of the Lord in her husband as well and her
service to her husband had a special meaning and a form of service to God;
it was not just subversion to the male gender as was commonly practised by
the general community in those times.
day, she reached the site of a pool on her way to a neighboring village.
Placing the basket containing her husband by the side of the pool, she had
gone off on an errand, most probably to look for food. In the meantime, her
crippled husband had seen a black crow dip into the water of the pool and
come out white. Amazed at this miracle, the man crawled up to the edge of
the pool and managed a dip. He found himself completely cured.
his wife returned, she was amazed to find her husband in good health. He was
handsome and whole. At first, she was alarmed and suspected that he might be
a different person. He had, however, kept one finger with leprosy marks
un-dipped. He showed her the diseased finger as proof of his identity.
couple thanked God, and went to the Guru to seek his blessings.
pool was the future site of the
Sri Harminder Sahib or
Golden Temple in
India. The medicinal properties of the
water were said to have come from Basil (Tulsi), which grew in abundance on
Guru Amar Das Ji used to pick the herb
there to make poultices for an infected toe that plagued
Guru Angad Ji. The legendary importance of
the site highlights the medicinal properties of the waters of the pool (Sarovar);
Rajni's leper husband was cured there.
shows us that if you keep faith in God then one day all rewards are showers
on us. Bibi Rajni had always kept her faith in Guru and God; being happy
with whatever she had and thus was rewarded at the end.
Rajni, was known for her unmatched dedication, and rewarded the community
through the construction of the sacred pool of
Sri Harminder Sahib in