After the assassination of Indra Gandhi on October 31, 1984, Sikhs were
butchered across India.
I heard this true story about a Sikh couple living in an isolated
village outside of Punjab. The couple was young and were amritdhari.
The Singhni wore a dastaar and they had a young child.
The Sikh couple had an isolated farmhouse in a Hindu dominated area.
When news of the assassination reached the area, and it was found out
that Sikhs were being killed, some local thugs also decided it was the
perfect chance to loot the farmhouse.
The Singh found out about these plans from some well wishers and told
his wife that they had very little time and an attack was coming. The
Singh said that they should leave their farm and escape to save their
lives. The Singhnee however reminded him that they had done Parkash of
Sri Guru Granth Sahib on the top floor of the house and how could they
run away from Guru Sahib? The Singh again repeated that there was an
attack coming and said that their young child would be killed. Singhnee
jee insisted again that it would be wrong to run away from Guru Sahib
and let the mob disrespect Guru Sahib's saroop.
The Singh in frustration then said, "Once they kill us, they will
disrespect the saroop anyways so what is the point in staying? We can't
save the saroop if we're dead. The best we can do is save ourselves
now. There is no benefit in staying! You are being stubborn and
The Singhnee replied that while she had breath in her body, she would
not abandon Guru Sahib, even to save her life and while she was alive,
no one could dare do any disrespect.
With the mob now on its way, the Singh in frustration told his Singhnee
that she could do what she wanted but he was leaving with their son. He
then took the infant and escaped.
Singhnee jee went to Guru Sahib's room, and did Ardaas. She asked Guru
Sahib for protection and for the courage to, if need be, become Shaheed
in this seva. She then took a kirpan and waited.
When Singhnee jee saw the mob arrive, yelling and carrying weapons,
ready to attack the house. She came down and stood at the door holding
her unsheathed Sri Sahib. All of a sudden, the thugs in the mob began
to turn around and run away, looking back in terror and then continuing
to run. Singhnee jee was confused but amazed at Guru Sahib's kirpa as
the mob retreated and did not return.
Some days later, the Singh came back to the village to check on the
fate of his wife and their property. He fully expected that his wife
would be assaulted and killed and their home looted. As he was
nervously walking to his home, a Hindu acquaintance stopped him and
asked, "Singh, where did you gather all those Nihangs from so quickly
The Singh was confused and asked, "What do you mean?"
The Hindu replied, "That day, when the mob went to attack your house,
your wife came and stood in the door and she was surrounded by so many
massive Nihangs who were so tall and carrying all kinds of weapons.
Where did you gather all of them from so quickly?"
The Singh realised that Shaheed Singhs had themselves come and protected
Guru Sahib's saroop and his Singhnee's courage had been rewarded. He
went home and begged for forgiveness from his Singhnee and told her
about how all the villagers were talking about the army of Nihangs that
had protected their house.