PHAGGO, BHĀĪ, affectionately called Chāchā (Uncle) Phaggo in his day, was the head of the Sikh Saṅgat at Sāsārām in Bihār. He had built a new house but had not occupied it in his simple faith that the Gurū would come and bless it before he moves in. He had built a high portico and had wished that the Master should ride into the premises without having to dismount his horse. His wish was fulfilled when Gurū Tegh Bahādur, in 1666, arrived at Sāsārām and rode straight into Bhāī Phaggo's new house. Phaggo who happened to be present at the time was spellbound. According to Srī Gur Pratāp Sūrāj Granth "He stood like a column without uttering a word. His eyes were not tired of watching the Gurū." The Gurū spoke, narrates the author, "Phaggo ! you took a hard pledge. Didn't it occur to you how far I was and how much distance I had to cover?.... You announced to the saṅgat that you would receive me here in your new house. Here am I as you wished." Phaggo was overwhelmed with joy. At last he made a deep obeisance to the Gurū, took the dust off his shoes and touched his forehead with it. "Lord of the three worlds" he spoke ecstatically, "knower of the hearts of all, how have you come to this beggar's house?" He held the stirrup for the Gurū to Alight and escorted him to the seat he had laid out for him. The Gurū stayed there for several days and blessed Bhāī Phaggo for his deep devotion and faith. A shrine established on this site is to this day called Chāchā Phaggo Mall dā Gurdwārā.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)