The Sikh History of Afghanistan- A book by Abinash Mahapatra

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Abinash Mahapatra is a Sikh historian, author, and president of the Punjabi Global Foundation. He is only 23 years old and has written 38 books, of which 7 have been published. The year 2010 was a turning point for him when he found a pamphlet about Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji at his school’s book fair. In spite of engrossing 30 pages as a whole, he couldn’t let his eyes rest on it beyond a month. As the days passed, he scanned through countless books on Sikh history (only in English) with enthusiasm, including those by Bhai Vir Singh Ji, Dr. Ganda Singh Ji, Principal Teja Singh Ji, Principal Satbir Singh Ji, Dr. Kamalroop Singh Ji, Professor Sahib Singh Ji, and so on. His personal library on Sikh History contains all of these books as well as different Saincheyas of Jagatguru Aad Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj and Dasam Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj as well as various Panthak Rehat Maryada(s).  The author’s complete information is provided below:

An Introduction to Afghanistan Sikh History

Penning Sikh History of various provinces connotes the reflection of those pieces of evidence of our glorious past which is presently in ruins but is the most important fragment that will enrich the society with the theologies, morals, and principles which our Dus Guru  Sahiban wished to instill in the mindsets of the people to make this world a beautiful place to live in. Specifically,  if I speak of Afghanistan, it holds very profound/intense kith & kin to the Sikh History and thus, it can be termed as a mining realm for the Sikhs. 

Afghanistan is the realm where legends are intuitive of poesy & splendor, of gallantry & admiration,  of superiority & munificence. The religious sanctity and the historicity of this motherland rose to Skies Limits when its soil was fortunate to osculate the feet of Pehli  Patshah Jagatguru Dhan Dhan Sahib Sri Guru Nanak  Dev Ji Maharaj, Satvey Patshah Jagatguru Dhan Dhan  Sahib Sri Guru Har Rai Ji Maharaj & Nauwey Patshah,  Sagal Srisht Di Chadar, Jagatguru Dhan Dhan Sahib Sri  Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji Maharaj.  

Apart from the visits of the aforestated Guru  Sahiban, this province also holds an intense connection with Tiji Patshah Jagatguru Dhan Dhan Sahib Sri Guru  Amar Daas Ji Maharaj, Panjve Patshah Jagatguru Dhan  Dhan Sahib Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj and pertaining to Kalgidhar Patshah Jagatguru Dhan Dhan Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj, there persists  Huqumnama(s) which clearly mentions “Kabul ki  Sangat”. The devout Gur Sikhs, Bhai Almast Ji & Bhai  Gurdas Ji were appointed by Chhevin Patshah Ji for Sikh  Dharam Parchar in Afghanistan.  

The historical chronicles, as well as antecedents,  are well suggestive of the presence of Handwritten Saroop  (manuscripts) of Jaagti Jyot, Sarab Kala Bharpur  Jagatguru Dhan Dhan Sahib Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji  Maharaj & Sri Dasam Patshah Ji Da Granth / Sri Dasam  Granth Sahib Ji in the possession of various Itihaasik  (Historical) Gurdwara Sahiban / various devout Gur  Sikhs prevailing in this province. In the pages of this book,  we will aptly discuss all these leitmotifs.”  

Abinash Mahapatra  

May the grace of Akaal Purakh Sri Waheguru Ji Befall on All. – Abinash Mahapatra  

In Afghanistan, Karki Bandar connotes the  region through which Guru Sahib Ji entered this realm. Guru Maharaj Ji arrived here following the banks of the river Amu and chose to sit on the river bank. A few jiffies later, He instigated Bhai Mardana Ji to pluck the strings of Rabab and commenced humming the Divine  Shabad in His melodious voice. Soon the local populace flocked around Guru Sahib Ji a swarm of bees.  

But conferring to their dogmas, they apprehended  it to be a blasphemy which was against the Islamic  Doctrines. Hence, they started hurling stones at Guru  Sahib. Guru Maharaj Ji grinned and regulated the river  to flood. The people started trembling on seeing the  massive flood drowning their abodes and sought  forgiveness. The Ubiquitous Compassionate Master  granted them Pardon and initiated them. The locals turned out to be the followers of Guru  Sahib and commemorated a one-room house to propagate  His principles. Hazur Sachey Patshah Ji departed from  this region and following the banks of River Maymana, reached the city which has been named after the river.  While He stepped into this stint, the soils were inferred to  be infertile with an austere drought. The locals put forth  their delinquents and sought His blessings.” 

-The Sikh History of Afganistan
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Abinash Mahapatra in the Blue Clothes
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