TĀRĀ CHAND, BHĀĪ, was a masand or a batch leader of the Sikhs in Kābul. He once led a saṅgat of those parts to the presence of Gurū Hargobind. Travelling through Lahore, Amritsar and Khaḍūr, they reached Kāṅgaṛ, now in Baṭhiṇḍā district of the Punjab, where the Gurū then happened to be. Tārā Chand was asked by the Gurū to relate his experiences of the long journey. While doing so, Bhāī Tārā Chand especially praised two horses he had seen at Lahore in a royal procession. He had been so fascinated by them that he had even enquired their names and quoted these to the Gurū as Dilbāgh and Gulbāgh. These beauties, he said, deserved to be in the Gurū's stables. The horses had, as the tradition goes, been in fact brought for presentation to Gurū Hargobind by a Sikh horse dealer, Karoṛī by name, but had been seized on the way by the governor of Lahore. Bhāī Bidhī Chand, a daring Sikh, later recovered the animals.


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