Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio,
Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji (Pehowa Wale) originate from the land of Pehowa. Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji used to travel 90km via bicycle from Pehowa (situated in Haryana) to Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj’s Sant Ashram – Dhablan Sahib (situated in Patiala, Punjab). It was whilst studying at Patiala College Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji was given the opportunity to meet with Sant Ji Maharaj. Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji made a request to Bapu Kirpal Singh Ji to give them some time to speak with Sant Ji Maharaj. It was often rare that young teenagers of Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji’s age be given a lot of time to have deep conversations with Sant Ji Maharaj. When given this opportunity, Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji asked Sant Ji Maharaj – “How can One meet God? What is the procedure?” Sant Ji Maharaj was astonished at what Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji had asked and replied “O Mann Singh! 1000s come to me with questions, but no one has ever asked such a question!” It was from this day on that Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji and Sant Ji Maharaj began to develop intense love for one another, which would increase day by day.
Having spent a lot of time with Sant Ji Maharaj, Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji would get excessive time to ask questions. One specific question Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji would ask to Sant Ji Maharaj is that whether or not they would ever come to the Land of Pehowa (hometown of Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji). Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji asked this on 2 or 3 seperate occasions, to which Sant Ji Maharaj would dismiss with a simple “We shall see.”
However, Sant Ji Maharaj’s time for leaving this Earth was fast approaching and Sant Ji Maharaj had already began openly giving indications to this time. It was January 1975 and Sant Ji Maharaj was getting ready to go to England. Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji, acknowledging the state of affairs, knew that this would be the last opportunity for them to ask Sant Ji Maharaj to perform Kirtan in their hometown of Pehowa and so made this request the final time. Sant Ji Maharaj closed their eyes for a good 5 minutes.
During this point in time, the land of Pehowa was a very corrupt town where anti-social behaviour was the norm. Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji narrate that the state of Sikhi was so bad, that if one wished to carry out a Sri Akhand Paath Jaap, they would not be able to find 5 Amritdhari-Singhs! After 5 minutes, Sant Ji Maharaj opened their eyes and said to Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji – “Mann Singh! Pehowa is a very corrupt town, you and I both now that very well. Our time to leave is soon approaching and so we will only be able to do Kirtan there on 1 or 2 occasions. Furthermore, 1 or 2 Kirtans will not clean the corruption of that town. But listen well, there will be Kirtans there for eternity! There will be so many Sants on the Land of Pehowa, that Pehowa will become the town of Devteh (deities).”
Saadh Sangat Ji, if we take a look at Pehowa in this day and age, with the grace of Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj, Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji (Pehowa Wale) and Sant Baba Mohan Singh Ji (Langara Wale), Pehowa has become the complete opposite of what it was before. There have been countless Nagar Kirtans, Akhand Paaths, Kirtan Darbars, Sant Smagams and Barsi programmes in the past 20-30 years. Gurdwara Sachkhand Isher Darbar (Jurassi Khurd, Pehowa) has 24 hour Langar Seva, 24/7 Sri Akhand Paath Jaaps and a large number of other routine scheduled programmes. Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji alongside Sant Baba Mohan Singh Ji have developed Dental colleges, Academies, Schools and hospitals all of which accommodate for the locals and the poor. Sant Ji Maharaj Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji’s blessed Bachan (holy worlds) of this Land becoming the land of deities is slowly but surely coming true infront of all of us: