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Does anybody know the names of Guru Sahib's animals. From what I know Guru Gobind Singh kept horses, eagles etc. Guru Hargobind Sahib was also known for keeping animals. I was looking for the names of his animals if anybody new. I apologize if this question seems trivial.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

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Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Does anybody know the names of Guru Sahib's animals. From what I know Guru Gobind Singh kept horses, eagles etc. Guru Hargobind Sahib was also known for keeping animals. I was looking for the names of his animals if anybody new. I apologize if this question seems trivial.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

guroojees horse was called neela,as far as i kno...but im not sure about his baaj

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I do not know the names of Guruji's animals, although I know that it is said that Guru Gobind Singh's horse was of a blue colour.

This is similar to the horse belonging to the Prophet of Islam, which was also said to be of a blue colour. Such rare horses do exist, and it is a dark night blue colour that is a mixture of different natural greys that cause the horse's hair to appear blue. The term used is 'roan.'

Slightly off the topic from the original question, but I do know the name of Maha Singh's horse (father of Sher-i-Punjab Ranjit Singh) which was 'desu.'

Traditionally falcons and hunting birds in the Punjab were given Persian names such as 'Sultan, Zargham, Habib, Shabab' etc..The practice of falconry in Punjab has now died out since partition.

Back to horses:

Sikhs were once famed horsemen and Emily Eden during her tour of the Punjab with her father, the Resident of Delhi, during the Sikh Shahi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, commented upon the fact that Sikhs had 'very showy horses' in her memoire.

A long time ago I read that the breed of horses developed by the Sikhs of that period was known as 'Anmol' which literally means priceless. The breed was developed from the best of the Arab and Central Asian breeds. Prior to that Sikhs raided good quality stock from the Mughals and Afghans. If you look at the paintings of Sikhs done by European artists of the period, you will see that the horses were beautiful, grand creatures, with many features akin to pure bred Arabs.

This is a sharp contrast to today where I am afraid to say that seeing a decent horse in Punjab is a rarity and even the Nihangs that are said to uphold the tradition of horsemanship, mostly ride very badly and ride the kathiawar breed which is a pathetic looking horse compared to the what the Sikhs rode in the past. (Again partition is to blame as good quality horses used to arive from the breeding grounds of Kandahar and Kabul to the horse fairs of Punjab).

Anyone who rides a horse and has seen their displays, unfortunately knows what I am talking about. In the Uk we are fortunate that almost anywhere apart from maybe the remote highlands, horse riding lessons are accessible. I strongly urge the Sangat to engage in this pastime, as it not only keeps you fit, but is a thoroughly enjoyable way of maintaining our heritage. Certainly consider this for those that have kids aged between 5y and 10y as that is the perfect age to start.

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Gurfateh !

As 'ssinghuk' Bhai Sahib has mentioned , the horses, due to be presented to Guru Hargobind Sahib by 'Karori', a horse dealer, but seized by the governor of Lahore, then later recaptured by Bhai Bidhi Chand and presented to Guru Sahib, were named Gulbagh and Dilbagh.

a fresco from the original Akal Takht showing Bhai Bidhi Chand presenting Gulbagh and Dilbagh.

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I have heard that Guru Gobind Singh ji's Baaz (falcon) was called 'Rustam' - after the Persian Hero of Firdaus' epic 'Shahnama'

Hope that was of some use

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hanji gulbagh and dilbagh ... when baba bidhichand ji brought dilbagh from from delhi ... he remained upset ... guru ji told baba bidhi chand ji either go and give him back to delhi or get the other one here ... then baba ji got gulbagh from delhi ...

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