GURBAKHSH, an Udāsī saint contemporary with Gurū Gobind Siṅgh (1666-1708), who was at the time of the evacuation of Anandpur directed by the Gurū to stay behind to look after the local saṅgat and the sacred shrines. Years later, when Gulāb Rāi, a great grandson of Gurū Hargobind (1595-1644), occupied the seat where Gurū Gobind Siṅgh used to hold assembly and, pretending to be Gurū, started accepting offerings from Sikh devotees, Gurbakhsh remonstrated with him and finding him adamant and unrepentent cursed him with an early death, with no progeny to continue his line. Gulāb Rāi soon died childless and it was the descendants of his brother, Shyām Siṅgh, who flourished in Anandpur.


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