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  1. Found this PhD thesis on the gurbilas of kuir singh and sukha singh. https://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/handle/10603/33230
  2. I could not find it's pdf online. Can anyone find if "raj bina nahin dharam challe hai, dharam bina sab dalle malle hai" is from this granth and if yes, what verse no. Thanks
  3. dallysingh101 veerji What do u say about Sahib Singh Bhangi? He could hv easily lived in a big mansion but he lived in a small poor house.
  4. Maharaja Ranjit Singh had a huge heart. He was a very very special soul.The European officers of Maharaja Ranjit Singh lived in grandeur. Every one of them had a large kothi or bungalow. Baron Charles Hugel, who had an opportunity to visit the house of the European officers Allard and Ventura in the service of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, thus talks about the style of their houses as: “Their house combined the splendour of the East with the comfort of a European residence. On the walls of the entrance hall, before the range of pillars on the first storey, was portrayed the reception of the
  5. Such are the Siques, the terror and plague of this part of India, a nation and power well calculated for doing mischief and encouraging rebellion in the zemindars or cultiva-tors, who often follow steps at first with a view of saving themselves and afterwards from the pleasure of independence, and indeed it is that which makes them so troublesome, for they begin to have connections in almost all the parts they visit on their excursions, and if they are not attacked soon in their own proper provinces, it is much to be feared their tenets and manners will be adopted by all the zemindars of
  6. Just see how the fuddu goraa calls Maharaja ugly... Maharaja had his flaws but he was a very special soul. These goraas were jealous..
  7. https://www.thesikhencyclopedia.com/sikh-scriptures-and-literature/writings-by-non-sikhs-on-sikhs-and-punjab/sri-fateh-singh-pratap-prabhakar/ Ram sukh rao provides some fascinating insights into the life style of the ruling class of early 19th century. According to him, nobles lived in forts like havelis or mansions. Ram Sikh Rao had an interesting comment on the house of Sahib Singh Bhangi. He says that it was like the house of the poor (gharibon-ke-kothe) without any of the features generally associated with the residences of the aristocracy. Even the big zamindars constructed their
  8. Baron Charles Hugel, narrates the celebration of holi at Lahore in March, 1836, as follows: “A quantity of singhara meal dyed yellow, green, red and blue mixed up with little pieces of gold and silver tinsel, a number of large pots of water dyed with the same colours and little water-engines being set near. Everyone appears in white garments, and the festival commences by the dancing girls sitting down, and breaking forth into a song in honour of the feast. The baskets of coloured meal are then introduced and thin glass balls full of singhara powder, are distributed to the
  9. Jacquemont observed that, the Akalis were dressed in the blue and armed with swords, bows, spears or matchlocks. The base of their turban was surrounded with a steel ring
  10. Commenting on the dress of infantry Jacquemont observed that they dressed in tight white trousers, a white jacket and little blue turban. In winter they wore a uniform of red cloth like the British sepoys.
  11. Veerji why did sikh soldiery started wearing red jackets in ur opinion?
  12. http://www.panjabdigilib.org/webuser/searches/displayPage.jsp?ID=2892&page=1&CategoryID=1&Searched=W3GX&sbtsro=0 This granth is also available at amazon https://www.amazon.com/Ut-tawarikh-Important-Historical-Document-Maharaja/dp/8177700715 Also see https://www.sikhnationalarchives.com/book/umdat-ut-tawarikh_22815/
  13. Veerji majority of my information is from this phd thesis https://archive.org/details/SocietyAndCultureOfThePunjab
  14. Not sure why Brahmans were consulted to do worshipping of horse. Horse has always been dear to khalsa. Polier in 1780's writes: Though they make merry on the demise of any of their brethren.they mourn for the death of a horse, thus showing their love of an animal so necessary to them in their professional capacity.
  15. Umdat ut tawarikh is a huge persian granth written in 5 volumes (called Daftars) by Lala Sohan Lal Suri who was the official chronicler, record keeper and diplomatic representative (Vakil) of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his successors and even British Residents after the annexation of Punjab. Suri writes: In 1830, all the chieftains and Sardars enthusiastically engaged themselves in the preparation of their garments for the dussehra day.Celebrations of dussehra were begun by worshiping of horse, cannon and sword according to the advice of the Brahmans.The Maharaja then visited Harmand
  16. The reason we see sikh soldiery wearing red jackets and other stuff is due to the below: H.L.O Garrett in 1935 wrote 'The Punjab a Hundred Years Ago' in which he edited and translated the works of V.Jacquemont (1831) & A. Soltykoff (1842). Jacquemont observed that “Sikh cavalry clothed and armed in a uniform that was half French and half Sikh” Fauja Singh wrote 'military system of the sikhs' in 1964. He writes: Maharaja Ranjit Singh borrowed from the British not only the idea but also the pattern of their uniform, with a few adjustments necessitated by his circumst
  17. Osborne says Sikhs had a unique way of hunting wild hogs. It's written on page 182: At six o'clock mounted our elephants and proceeded to a jungle a few miles off, where I had promised to meet Sher Sing and have a few hours' wild hog and deer shooting. Found him waiting our arrival with an immense establishment of elephants. and we fell in with a great many wild hogs, some deer, and a few black partridges and hares. The Sihks have a curious way of catching the wild hog, which I never saw practised in any other part of India. They make a kind of snare of strong withys, and setting
  18. Dark grey is wrong English translation below. Original text is 'surmaye' which means dark blue or deep blue. Daya Singh Rahit-nama Clothing should be dark grey, white, yellow, or green. Do not wear red clothing.
  19. Bhai jaita ji Do not wear sooha(red) clothes
  20. Bhai Nand Lal ji's tankhanama One who wears red and takes snuff, Gobind Singh says, he will be punished by the Yama
  21. Red clothing is prohibited in 1.bhai nand lal ji's tankhanama 2. Bhai Daya Singh Rahitnama 3. Bhai jaita ji's Sri gur katha
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