Baba Harbhajan Singh


Baba Harbhajan Singh -The "Hero Of Nathu La Pass ".

Baba Harbhajan Singh



Can a soldier do his duty even after death??  You may feel this question strange.  You might think how this is even possible But if you ask this question to Sikkim's people and the soldiers stationed there, they will say, "Yes, it has been happening continuously since last 50 years. The “Hero of Nathu La” Baba Harbhajan Singh.  All of them believe that the spirit of Baba Harbhajan Singh of Punjab Regiment has been continuously protecting the country from the last 50 years.

Baba Harbhajan Singh
Baba Harbhajan Singh Shrine
 This is a story of Baba Harbhajan Singh who was born into a Sikh family in a village of Batthe Bhaini in Punjab on 3 August in 1941. He completed his primary education at a village school, and matriculation from DAV High School in Patti in March 1955.He enrolled himself in the Indian Army as soldier in 1956. In 1965, Baba Harbhajan Singh was granted a commission and was posted to serve with the 14 Rajput Regiment. Death and associated legend Harbhajan Singh's early death at the age of just 27 is the subject of legend and religious veneration, which has become popular folklore among Indian Army regulars, the people of his village and apparently also soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army across the border guarding the Indo-Chinese border between Sikkim and Tibet. He was posthumously awarded the "Maha Vir Chakra" medal for his bravery and martyrdom on 26 January 1969. It was in the year 1967 near Nathu-La pass, that Singh met his end after slipping and drowning in a glacier while he was leading a column of mules carrying supplies to a lonesome outpost. It is said he himself helped the Indian army find his body after three days of his death. Still later, through a dream, he instructed one of his colleagues to build and maintain a shrine in his memory. A shrine was constructed at his Samadhi in the mountains at Nathu La. Soldiers believe that his ghost warns them of any impending attack at least three days in advance and he’s still guarding the international boundaries of the two countries India and China. During flag meetings between the two nations at Nathu La, the Chinese set a chair aside to honour of Harbhajan Singh who has since come to be known as "Saint Baba".

Baba Harbhajan Singh

Consistently on 11 September, a jeep departs with his personal belongings to the nearest railway station, New Jalpaiguri, from where it is then sent by train to the village of Kuka, in the Kapurthala district of the Indian state of Punjab. A special reservation for the Baba is actually made for him and his berth left empty for the entire journey to his home town every year with other soldiers accompany “him" so as to reach him till his home. Few striking Facts about Baba Harbhajan Singh People tell Stories about his ghost visiting the camps at night and even waking up the soldiers who sleep while on watch, are massively popular and very regular.

Baba Harbhajan Singh

 The regiment still keeps an empty bed, bedclothes, uniforms and boots in his room of daily use. Soldiers have found crumpled bed sheet and his muddy shoes in the room on some mornings.  

Baba Harbhajan Singh

It is also believed that water kept at the shrine became capable of curing ailing persons. Devotees thus leave bottles of water in the name of ailing people and then give this blessed water to the sick. He continues to draw a major's salary every month till date by some source.

Baba Harbhajan Singh

 But above all, there is Baba Harbhajan Singh's service to Bharat mata , that are still continuing day and night and continuous throughout the year. A big salute to such Hero's who sacrifice their lives for our nation and the soldiers presently keeping vigil in our borders.

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