Guru Har Krishan
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|Guru Har Krishan|
A fresco of Guru Har Krishan ca. 1745
|Born||July 23, 1656
Kiratpur Sahib, Rupnagar, Punjab, India
|Died||March 30, 1664 (aged 7)
The Eighth MasterThe Child Guru
|Known for||Helping smallpox patients at Delhi|
|Predecessor||Guru Har Rai|
|Successor||Guru Tegh Bahadur|
|Parents||Guru Har Rai Ji and Mata Krishen ji|
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'Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji' (Punjabi: ਗੁਰੂ ਹਰਿ ਕ੍ਰਿਸ਼ਨ [ɡʊru həɾ kɾɪʃən]; Hindi: गुरु हर कृशन साहिब जी ; 23 July 1656 – 30 March 1664) was the eighth of the ten Sikh Gurus. He became Guru Ji on 7 October 1661, succeeding his father, Guru Har Rai. After his death, his granduncle Guru Tegh Bahadur became the next Guru Ji of the Sikhs.
Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji was born in Kiratpur Sahib, Rupnagar, Punjab, India to Guru Har Rai and Kishan dei (Mata Sulakhni Ji). Before His death in October 1661, Guru Har Rai designated his younger son Har Krishan as the next Guru. Har Rai chose Har Krishan, rather than his elder son Ram Rai, because Ram Rai was in collusion with the Mughal Empire. Har Krishan was only five years old when he succeeded his father as Guru.
Attainment of Guruship
It is said that when Guru Har Rai was asked which of his two sons Ram Rai and Har Krishan would be the next guru, he said that although both of them followed the same religion and recited the same bani, there was softness in the heart of Har Krishan and Ram Rai was rough from the heart. For the enlightenment of any person or to be named as the guru, softness was of prime importance. Thus, the next Guru came to be Guru Har Krishan at the age of 5, the youngest guru in Sikh history.
At Panjokhra, near Ambala, Haryana, there stands a magnificent gurudwara in memory of the miracle done by Guru Har Krishan Ji. It is told  that doubting the abilities of a small child to be a Guru, a local pandit (learned man) challenged him to translate and explain the Sanskrit verses of Bhagvad Gita. At that time, Sanskrit was read & studied only by eminent people. He brought with him a completely illiterate man with limited mental ability named Gangu Jheevar. Guruji pointed a stick on Gangu's head as a blessing and that disabled illiterate man started uttering the sermons of the sacred text to the perfection.
When they reached Delhi, Guru Har Krishan and his party were the guests of Raja Jai Singh. Every day, large numbers of Sikh devotees flocked to see the Guru. A smallpox epidemic was then raging in Delhi. Guru Har Krishan helped to heal many sick people. Guru Har Krishan Ji, being soft and kind hearted, served the ill and is said to have taken smallpox upon himself. On March 30, 1664, Guru Har Krishan decided to name his successor. He called for five coins and a coconut. He took them, and being too weak to move, waved his hand three times in the air, and said "Baba Bakala"(Punjabi: ਬਾਬਾ ਬਕਾਲੇ), meaning his successor was to be found in Bakala. Guru Har Krishan then died of smallpox at the age of 7, as he had refused treatment.
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Guru Har Rai
(26 February 1630 – 30 May 1661)
|Guru Har Krishan||Followed by:
Guru Teg Bahadur
(1 April 1621 – 11 November 1675)