The story goes generally like this. Harbhajan Singh was a military man who passed on in a mishap on the Chinese fringe. In light of his devotion to his organization and regiment he never disappeared, and right up ’til the present time he keeps on ensuring the fringe and the troopers positioned there. An altar has been set up at the site of his ‘samadhi’ and the Baba visits each night, puts on his uniform and guideline boots and does his rounds.
He is known to be a stickler for unit discipline and is said to reprove troopers who have had one too much. There is a camp bed kept prepared for Harbhajan Singh in these Sikkimese statures, and the Punjabi baba is said to utilize it each and every night. Every morning, the folded sheets are smoothed out or changed, his boots are cleaned and his regalia are prepared. The withdrew trooper still draws a compensation and even takes yearly leave. He answers petitions, awards aids and protects the lives of officers on the ungracious outskirt. Other than giving mental sustenance to the jawans guarding the cool statures, it turns out to be certain that Harbhajan Singh’s bed is an interesting, assuming improbable, visitor asset of Sikkim. Unquestionably, his story supported us on the four hour influencing ride up to Tsomgo.
The landing in Tsomgo is emotional as the breadth of water at this stature welcomes you. Be that as it may, this is the pinnacle vacationer season and the commercialisation on the left bank (known as the Khasa Strip) is difficult to miss. There is a line of tin shacks that sell everything from Kashmiri shawls to Chinese covers, wool coats and warm clothing. Yaks wear woolen “Welcome to Tsomgo” knitwear on their temples, all way of voyagers ride yaks and slows down do energetic business selling woolies to vacationers who have never been so high thus cold in their lives.
Harbhajan Singh was the primary loss of the regiment after it was brought up in 1966, not long after the awful war with the Red Army. He was not a fight setback; he was accounted for missing after he had gone accompanying a donkey train to a remote station. He had sneaked off a tricky slant and since the departure of a warrior with a weapon is a genuine issue, a manhunt was propelled. It took the military three days to discover Harbhajan’s body, which was later incinerated with full respects. The story has it that he himself driven searchers to the site. It was after this that a legend started to come to fruition around the sipahi-holy person’s life and existence in the wake of death, and how he moved toward becoming Baba Harbhajan Singh, defender of the fringe and warriors, a holy person who awards aids and a heavenly attendant of harmony.
Different troopers in the regiment revealed that the Baba had been showing up in their fantasies and begging that a holy place be worked to his memory. The regiment obliged and a place of worship was raised at Tuk-La where the organization was posted. Before long different warriors were announcing dreams and there were more stories of Harbhajan Singh’s soul doing the rounds. Today, the legend is immovably settled. Troopers presented on Nathu La and Jelep La accept that he protects the outskirt and will give them a three-day cautioning if threats break out or anything untoward occurs. A few officials here state the Chinese also have the early cautioning affirmation – the Baba has likewise guaranteed the Chinese a three-day cautioning before issue breaks out. During banner gatherings with their Indian partners, the Chinese are said to save a seat for the holy person. This is somewhat similar to the Sufi place of worship in the Khemkaran division of Punjab with its Hindu cleric, revered by Indians and Pakistanis the same. The Pakistanis ask from 200 meters away on their side of the fringe.
Consistently on 14 September, an Army jeep pulls up at the holy place and leaves with the Baba’s belongings. This is the Baba (or his soul) going on yearly leave, to visit Kuka, his local town in Kapurthala region in Punjab. Standard railroad reservations are made for him and a methodical goes with the baggage to Kuka where the “soul” of the Baba and his belongings are given over to the regiment posted there. A little total is sent each month to Harbhajan Singh’s mom in her town.
The way to deal with the sanctuary doesn’t give you a thought of what’s in store. It would appear that a Hindu sanctum with saffron banners bearing om kar, rippling by the dozen. There was a period, as indicated by the driver, when the spot was a wood and tin shack, and when a couple of individuals made the journey out of sheer confidence – it was for the most part a military issue. Presently, it is a piece of a vacationer bundle. The Sikh angle to the hallowed place is the langar that is held every Friday. Something else, there are pictures of Hindu divine beings nearby a tremendous surrounded representation of the Baba, sardar Harbhajan Singh, jars of water that the steadfast bring to be honored and to reclaim, and blossomed sweet doled out by the shoeless Sikh officer who likes to grin however not to talk. The loyal prostrate, ring the few chimes as they stroll in, and leave contributions of cash and incense.
Inquisitively, there are other Sikh sanctums in these remote mountains, however they are buried in contention. These incorporate the place of worship of Guru Dongmar (at more than 18,000 feet) in Sikkim and the Menchukha Gurudwara in Arunachal Pradesh. The explanation the Baba Mandir of Nathu La and the legend of the holy person sentinel endure is likely on the grounds that it is just by chance a Sikh holy place – it really valourises the military. That is the manner by which it has been bundled, mainstreamed and sold. It is imperative to the travel industry in these parts and obviously the military, visitor administrators and organizations right to Nathu La and back advantage. Actually, the altar was moved from its unique blessed area to where it is currently arranged with the goal that more individuals could visit. What’s more, as occurs with such places, it currently appreciates sufficient assets, some of which are utilized to support the neighborhood populace and youngsters embraced by the 164 Mountain Brigade, so said the driver.
Harbhajan Singh was not the main Sikh to go to these parts and impact the world forever or legend. Every one of these spots have a Sikh history more established than the appearance of the Sikh Regiment and the mountain units on the fringe. Master Nanak visited the region on his eastern goes in 1516. After his visit to Kailash Mansarovar, Guru Nanak is said to have come back to the fields by means of the Kali Gandaki waterway into Nepal. There is an old Gurudwara in Kathmandu that recognizes this visit. In the wake of visiting a few different strict places in Nepal, he advanced toward Tibet. From Tibet he entered Sikkim, where he is accounted for to have occupied with productive discourses with Buddhist pioneers, assisted some high elevation herders with water for their creatures (which is the reason lake Guru Dongmar never solidifies, 18,000 feet above ocean level, it is said) and tackled the issue of height influencing their virility. At that point he went to Bhutan, before making it right to Arunachal Pradesh.
A month or so after this visit, the legislature of Sikkim declared that few spots – including Tsomgo and Yumthang – would be finished to guests off of regard for the assessments of the Bhutia people group. One miracles on the off chance that this will be implemented and what, at that point will happen to the traveler goal of Tsomgo and its yearly extravagant dress ball and yak rides, and all the more significantly, to Baba Mandir and the legend of Baba Harbhajan Singh.