Guru Gobind Singh - The Childhood

Guru Gobind Singh: Childhood of 10th Sikh Guru

The tenth Guru Spent his first five years in Patna itself and did his basic schooling there. Along with the religious scriptures, he also studied the Bihari language at Patna. His Uncle, Bhai Kripal, trained him in archery and swordsmanship and soon he became a great marksman. When Guru Tegh Bahadur returned from Dhaka (now Bangladesh‘s Capital) to Patna he saw his five years old child for the first time, and kissed and embraced his divine boy. The Guru blossomed under the spiritual guidance of his father, but it was short-lived since Guru Tegh bahadur had to leave Patna for Anandpur.

Guru Gobind Singh and Bhai Kripal
Guru Gobind Singh and Bhai Kripal

Gobind Rai, as he was called then, was beloved of many people in Patna including a large number of Muslims. The child had a charming personality which attracted everyone he met, even for a short while. He was a wonder boy ever since his childhood. His words always came true. Even before he was six years old he had learnt Hindi, Marathi and Gurumukhi. He was a very bold and courageous boy, and had all the qualities of a great man and a natural leader. He was very fond of playing the soldier and was often the leader of his playmates. He used to divide his friends into two groups and acted out actual war scenes to give his friends lessons in archery and sabre-rattling. During his early years, he gave clear signs of the sort of life which he was to lead later. He was active and full of mirth. He was bold and fearless.

One day, he was playing with his friends in one of the main streets of the city, the Chief Officer of Nawab of Patna happened to pass that way, accompanied by his bodyguard and a number of officers. When the nawab’s servant called upon the boy’s to salute the nawab, the Child Guru stopped his friends from doing anything of the sort. He was aware of Aurangzeb’s cruelty and oppression towards Hindus and Sikhs, and refusing to salute the emperor’s men was his way of standing against him. Soon his fame for working miracles spread far and wide.

In the same city lived a pundit called Shiv Dutta, on the banks of river Ganga. One day, when he reached the holy river for his prayers as usual, he found the child there. He had heard of the miracles of the boy and asked the Guru to make him see his chosen deity. Lord Rama, Gobind ji smiled and asked the pundit to close his eyes. Slowly pundit ji was lost deep in meditation. Suddenly within his mental vision there appeared a beam of light and he felt as though Lord Rama was standing right before him. Then he saw the vision of Lord Rama getting merged with that of Child Guru. He was overwhelmed with emotion and when he opened his eyes he fell at the feet of the child Guru, who, he realized was the incarnation of Lord Rama. Smilingly the child Guru placed his hand on the head of Pundit Shiv Dutta, who felt that his worship had been finally rewarded. He related the incident to Raja Fatehsingh of Srinagar, the capital of Garhwal in those times, who had no child of his own, and asked him to seek the blessings of the Guru.

And so, one day, Raja Fatehsingh told his wife about the Child Guru and they decided to visit him. The next day they reached his house and were welcomed warmly by Mata Gujari ji. She was most surprised when they expressed their wish to be blessed by her five year old son. The Child Gobind was playing in the courtyard at that time, when he was called in to bless the couple. The Guru looked at the stick in the Raja’s hand and taking it from him he touched the Rani’s head five times with it, blessing h