Baba Ram Singh, a Sikh priest from Haryana, who had joined the farmers
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Baba Ram Singh had barely turned 4 years previous when his mother and father seen that their son had the traits of an ascetic. The religious Sikh couple handed over the toddler to Gurudwara Nanaksar, situated in Kaleran village of Jagraon in Ludhiana district of Punjab, to pursue the trail of spirituality.

Gurudwara Nanaksar was his abode for a few years. A little bit earlier than 1990, he left Jagraon to unfold the message of Guru Nanak, the founding father of Sikhism. And his subsequent vacation spot, and everlasting abode, grew to become Gurdwara Nanaksar Singhera–a small Sikh shrine then unfold throughout one acre in Karnal, Haryana.

On Thursday, shocked admirers and followers of Singh got here in droves to Gurdwara Nanaksar Singhera to pay their final respects to the Sikh priest. Singh, 65, died after allegedly capturing himself on Wednesday on the Delhi-Haryana border in Singhu the place he had joined the farmers’ protest towards three farm legal guidelines.

He was single and is survived by his sister and a brother, who dwell in Punjab.

The soft-spoken Baba, identified for his sense of charity and in-depth data of Sikhism, had an enormous following throughout religions, castes, communities and nations.

Singh grew to become head of Gurdwara Nanaksar Singhera in 1990 following the loss of life of his predecessor Baba Jang Singh.

He labored relentlessly to increase the shrine and visited many locations in India and overseas to encourage folks to donate to the gurdwara, stated Gupal Singh, a follower from Peont village.His efforts paid off .From the small shrine it was in 1990, the gurdwara is now unfold over 16 acres. It has an enormous langer (group kitchen) corridor with the capability to serve meals to a whole bunch of holiday makers day-after-day. The campus has residential buildings for about 400 sewadars (volunteers) and guests, a sprawling garden and car parking zone.

According to Satnam Singh, who has been with the Sikh priest since 1995, the Baba additionally arrange two gurdwaras in Ulhasnagar of Mumbai and Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. He is credited with the development of gurdwara additionally in Jalandhar district of Punjab.

“He was very polite and always available to all. We never saw him angry,” recalled Jasvinder Kaur,70, a follower.

She stated she has been an everyday customer to Gurdwara Nanaksar Singhera for the previous 20 years and he additionally had followers from the Hindu and Muslim communities.

A confidant of the Baba, Satnam Singh, stated that on December 9, he had visited the protesting farmers for the primary time and donated Rs 5 lakh to farmers’ organisations spearheading the agitation. On December 15, he once more visited the protest website and donated blankets to farmers.

“After returning from Delhi on late night on December 15 he was very upset and told me that the farmers were being forced to spend their nights in open in harsh winter conditions and the government was insensitive to them”, stated Satnam Singh.

Satnam Singh stated on December 16, the Baba once more determined to go to the protest website and that his driver Gurpartap Singh and his aide Manjeet accompanied him.

“At the dharna spot, Babaji asked his driver to bring tea… when the driver returned he found Babaji dead with a bullet injury on his forehead… but the driver did not find the weapon,” stated Satnam Singh, who hails from UP and who is taken into account the successor to the Baba.

“In fact, Sant ji never carried a weapon with himself,” he added.

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