SĀVAN MALL, a nephew of Gurū Amar Dās was pious and accomplished Sikh. As Gurū Amar Dās, after having been installed Gurū by Gurū Aṅgad, moved from Khaḍūr to Goindvāl, a number of his followers came to reside there, necessitating the construction of many new houses. To procure timber required for this purpose, the Gurū sent up to the hill country Sāvan Mall, who had experience in the trade. Sāvan Mall went to Harīpur, the capital of a small principality in what is now known as Himāchal Pradesh. The ruler of the state was deeply impressed by his spiritual demeanour and put him up as his own guest. Sāvan Mall had pine and deodar trees felled and bundled into rafts to be floated down the River Beās towards Goindvāl. When it became time for him to return, the Rājā of Harīpur expressed a desire to see Gurū Amar Dās, and travelled with him along with his queens and courtiers. At Goindvāl setting aside age-old social scruples, the Rājā and his entourage bowed to the prevalent practice and ate in the Gurū kā Laṅgar sitting on the ground with others without consideration and the ladies turned out without their veils. The Rājā received the Gurū's blessing. When, after a few days, he begged leave to go back to his country, Gurū Amar Dās asked Sāvan Mall to accompany him and remain in the hill region to preach the word of Gurū Nānak.


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