Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir is an essential part of the day trip from Gangtok to Nathula Pass and Changu Lake. The "Mandir" is a shrine built after Captain Harbhajan Singh of the Indian Army who died in the year 1968 while escorting mules to a remote army post in Easterm Sikkim. Following a manhunt, his body was found three days after his death. According to the legend, it was Baba Harbhajan Singh himself who led the search party to his body. Later a member of the search party had a dream in which Baba Harbhajan Singh instructed him to build the shrine. It is believed that Baba Harbhajan Singh continues to perform his duties as a soldier and guards the lives of Indian soldiers posted along the India-China border. Every year an Army jeep carries "the Baba" along with his personal belongings to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station from where he "travels" by train to the village "Kuka" in Kapurthala district of Punjab. Read more below...
|Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir (Temple) Sikkim|
According to an inscription at the site of the shrine, "Baba Harbhajan Singh was born on August 30, 1946 at village Sadrana of district Gujranwala (presently in Pakistan). On February 9, 1966, he got enrolled into the Punjab Regiment of Indian Army as a Sepoy. Serving with "23 Punjab" in East Sikkim in 1968, Baba Harbhajan Singh expired on October 4, 1968 while escorting a mule column from Tuku La to Dongchui La. His death occured when he slipped and fell into a Nullah. The fast current carried his body two kms away from the site of the accident. The original shrine of the Baba was constructed approximately 9 kms away from the present day shrine. For the convenience of the visitors, the new Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir was constructed (completed ?) at the present location on November 11, 1982. There is a belief that water kept at the shrine and later consumed by an ailing person cures him. Therefore, devotees place bottles of water in the name of the ailing person and later take it away. This blessed water has to be consumed over a preiod of 21 days and no member of the family is supposed to consume any non-vegetarian food during that period."
|Baba Harbhajan Singh Shrine Sikkim|
A visit to this shrine during the Nathula Pass trip is an opportunity not to be missed. Baba harbhajan Singh's story is incredible yet totally believable if we look at it in proper perspective. The Baba represents the soul of the Indian Army, the never dying spirit that will always protect our nation from the enemy.
|Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir (Temple) Sikkim Writing Desk|
|Baba Harbhajan Singh's Room at his Mandir (Temple) Sikkim|
|Posted by Narinder Singh|