Baba Harbhajan Singh- a dead soldier protecting the nation
India is a land where soldiers are worshiped like gods. And why not? They serve their lives on borders while leaving behind dozens of crying families. They keep the pride of the country much forward than their own pride. The reason why we sleep peacefully at night is probably because these soldiers are guarding the borders throughout. It goes without saying that the entire country is ever-indebted to the soldiers of the Indian Army, air force or navy- who put the country before everything else. We all have heard stories of their heroic acts and bravery. Among these stories there remains a shelf, less touched and less explored which takes us through some of the stories which are nothing but would just blow your mind! Or if I talk about ghosts it’s not a new concept. We all have heard several ghost stories since childhood but one thing which unite all these tales is that ghost is indeed a dangerous entity. Meant to be haunted and extremely threatening. But have you ever came across friendly ghosts? One who doesn’t haunts but protects you? One such story is of a late soldier of Indian army- Harbhajan Singh.
Baba Harbhajan Singh story-
The legend of Baba Harbhajan, the soldier of 23rd Battalion of the Punjab Regiment, who sacrificed his life for the country at a young age of 27 is quite popular and has been adapted by many movies. He was located in Sikkim at the China border. Baba was a victim of a battle at the 14,500 feet (4,400 m) Nathu La, a mountain pass between Tibet and Sikkim where many battles took place between the Indian Army and the PLA during the 1965 Sino-Indian war. It is said that he was drowned in glacier while leading a column of mules carrying supplies to a remote outpost in 1968. His body was recovered three days later. Which was not recovered just like that but actually a fellow soldier dreamt about Harbhajan where he told him about the location where they could find his body and much to everyone surprise his body and riffle was found on the exactly same location. He was cremated and his funeral was held with complete military procedures. And from then, the soldiers allocated at Nathu La witness his presence. It is said that the soldiers who are uncleaned, drunk and most importantly slept – receive a slap by the soul. He even protects them by warning them about the attacks three days before. There is small temple build in his honour where his uniform and other belongings are kept. Any soldier who worship him seems to be protected by the baba. In many occasions even Chinese soldiers felt his presence thus during flag meetings between the two nations at Nathu La, the Chinese set a chair aside to honor him. The soldier is protecting the country even after his death! Every year on 11 September, a jeep departs with his personal belongings to the nearest railway station, New Jalpaiguri, from where it is then sent by train to the village of Kuka, in the Kapurthala district of Punjab- accompanied by three soldiers. A small amount of fund collected by the soldiers of Nathu La is sent to his mother every month. Singh is looked up to as a holy saint today and soldiers often refer to him as ‘Baba’. Thus baba has today became as a dead soldier whose patriotism lived even after his death!
May be its true or just stories made up by the people. Personally it’s hard believing such ghost stories but I think these kind or talks are sane to be done in those tough times and why not? Hopes can actually do wonders. And who knows what these miracles can actually turn out to be. So even if people worship him, so what they have built a temple in his name, in the end isn’t it all just meant to be for their own peace.