Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji.
Guru Harkrishan Sahib was born on Sawan Vadi 10, (8 Sawan), Bikrami Samvat 1713, (Wednesday, 23 July 1656) at Kiratpur Sahib. He was the second son of Guru Har Rai Sahib and Mata Krishan Kaur Ji (Sulakhni Ji). He was the eighth of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism.Sri Harkrishan Sahib Ji at the age of about five years was declared as Eighth Nanak Guru by his father Guru Har Rai Sahib before his death in 1661. Guru Har Krishan was of a small age when he attained the leadership of the Sikh people. All other Sikh Guru’s sat on the “Gaddi”, when they were over the age of 12. There are very few devotees of God in human history who have achieved a high level of spirituality in such small age
Guru Har Krishan consoled the disciples. He asked them not to give way to despair but abide by the Will of the Almighty. They were delighted to have a sight of the Guru. He sat on the throne, a small figure, young in years, but mature in wisdom. As said by Bhai Santokh Singh, “The early morning sun looks small in size, but its light is everywhere. So was Guru Har Krishan’s fame, without limit.” Gurdwara Bangla Sahib was constructed in Guru ji’s memory. This is where he stayed during his visit to Delhi. This was originally the palace of Raja Jai Singh, who was a strong and powerful Sikh and a devotee of the Guru. Guru ji stayed in Delhi there was a smallpox epidemic which resulted in many deaths. By Guru ji’s blessing, the lake at Bangla Sahib provided a cure for thousands. Exposing himself to his many devotees he too died. Thus he unselfishly, without the thought of danger to himself, served many people. This is true Sewa to care for the sick even at the risk of one’s own life. Guru Har Krishan physical body passed away from this planet on Saturday, 16 April 1664. He was cremated at the present site of this Gurdwara, Bala Sahib Gurdwara. This was the place where he had camped to look after the sick and suffering poverty stricken people of Delhi , His ashes were taken from Delhi to Kiratpur where they were mixed with the waters of the Sutlej.