DAGGO, BHĀĪ, a rich landlord of Dhamtān, now in Jīnd district of Haryāṇā, was a masand having jurisdiction over the Bāṅgar region during the time of Gurū Tegh Bahādur. When the Gurū visited Dhamtān in 1665, Bhāī Daggo received him with exceeding joy and put him up in a new house he had constructed. The Gurū showered his blessings upon him : "For meeting me with presents, milk shall abound in thy house. Minister to the Sikhs and devotees, and remain with us during our stay in this place. " Gurū Tegh Bahādur stayed at Dhamtān to celebrate the festival of Dīvālī. According to Sarūp Dās Bhallā, Mahimā Prakāsh, supported by evidence of the Bhaṭṭ Vahīs and an old Assamese journal Pādshāh Burañjī, the Gurū one day, while out on chase in a forest near Dhamtān, was arrested by an imperial officer, 'Ālam Khān Ruhīlā, and taken to Delhi. The Sikhs arrested along with him included Bhāī Daggo. They were, however, all released through the intercession of Kuṅvar Rām Siṅgh of Jaipur who stood surety for the Gurū. Bhāī Daggo thereupon came back to Dhamtān while Gurū Tegh Bahādur resumed his interrupted journey towards the eastern provinces. Ten years later, when Gurū Tegh Bahādur again passed through Dhamtān, Bhāī Daggo served him with devotion. According to Bhāī Santokh Siṅgh, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth, the Gurū before leaving Dhamtān gave him funds for the construction of a public well and a dharamsālā for the travellers. Bhāī Daggo, it is said, became selfish and had the well dug in his own fields.


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  2. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1926-37
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