Guru Amar Das Ji Maharaj

Guru Amar Das Ji MaharajBorn to Tejbhan Bhalla and Mata Lakshmi at Basarke. He married Bibi Mansa Devi and had 2 sons, Mohan and Mohri and 2 daughters, Dani and Bhani by her. He lived a simple life as farmer and trader.

He went to the river Ganga on pilgrimage each year and worshipped in the Vaishnav tradition, but was always on lookout for a perfect Guru. One day, he was deeply touched by Guru Angad's daughter singing Gurbani and thus came to find his Guru's feet. He would serve his Guru- filling water, collecting firewood and cleaning utensils, despite his age of 73 years. He would travel to Goindwal, which was founded under his direction, without showing his back towards Khadur. He fell into a weaver's pit during heavy rains while filling his Guru's pot at river Beas, but was found reciting 'Jap Ji' when extricated. His Guru embraced him and pronounced him 'Saviour of the downtrodden'. When kicked by Datu, Guru Angad's son, he begged to be forgiven for his old bones hurting his feet. His Langar- free kitchen, famous for serving all, had Emperor Akbar for a visitor. His wife one day pointed to a handsome youth, "Jetha" selling gram, saying she desired a son-in-law like him. That youth came to marry his daughter and to become his successor, Guru Ramdas.

He constructed the pond "Santokh Sar" at Goindwal and laid foundation of the pond at Amritsar. He set up 22 religious centres across India. At Emperor Akbar's bidding, he visited Hardwar on a pilgrimage to mollify the Hindus who charged him of defiling their faith. His verses are included in the 'Granth Sahib'. 'Anand' is his best known work, which is sung during festivals.