HARDIĀL, PAṆḌIT (Paṇḍit Rām Diāl, according to Giānī Giān Siṅgh, Panth Prakāsh), family priest of the Bedī clan of Talvaṇḍī Rāi Bhoi, was invited by Mahitā Kālū to prepare the horoscope of his newborn son, the future Gurū Nānak. On learning from the Muslim midwife, Daultāṅ, what marvellous portents she had witnessed, Hardiāl, says Bālā Janam Sākhī, insisted on seeing the child. As the child was brought out in its swaddling clothes, the Paṇḍit homaged it with folded hands and told father Kālū that his son would sit under canopy. On the thirteenth day after the birth, Paṇḍit Hardiāl came again to Mahitā Kālū's house, this time to name the child. He, according to Bālā Janam Sākhī, gave him the name Nānak Niraṅkārī, and predicted, "Both Hindus and Turks will reverence him; his name will become current on earth and in heaven. The ocean will give him the way; so will the earth and the sky. He will worship Niraṅkār, the One Formless Lord, and teach others to do so...." As Nānak entered his eleventh year, Paṇḍit Hardiāl was invited by the family to invest him with the janeū, or sacrificial thread of upper-caste Hindus which, from the evidence that Janam Sākhīs and a hymn in the Gurū Granth Sāhib bear, he declined to wear.


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