Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio,
The following is the history of the Asthan ‘Gurdwara Isherpuri Sahib’ Shaam-Churasi (Hoshiarpur, Punjab).
In 1968, Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj (Rara Sahib Wale) first arrived at Shaam-Churasi. As Sant Ji Maharaj got out of the car they asked, “What is the name of this place?” One Singh answered and told Sant Ji Maharaj the small town is named Sham-Churasi. Sant Ji Maharaj said the following Bachan “Shaam-Churasi? This will the Churasi’s Shaam!” (This is open to one’s own interpretation of Sant Ji Maharaj’s Bachan, what we however have understood from this Bachan is that perhaps Sant Ji Maharaj is referring to the village as a rest from the 8.4 million lifeforms, as Shaam means evening and Churasi means 84.)
The second time Sant Ji Maharaj came to Shaam-Churasi, the Sangat begged Sant Ji Maharaj to bless them with the opportunity to listen to a Kirtan Divan. At last, Sant Ji Maharaj accepted the pleas of the Sangat and thus conducted 5 Kirtans outside in the fields – where Gurdwara Isherpuri Sahib stands today.
A local Singh decided to go to Rara Sahib and to ask for Sant Ji Maharaj to build an Asthan at Shaam-Churasi. The Singh went in and left a large amount of money. Upon noticing the money, Sant Ji Maharaj quickly grabbed the Singh and said “Pick that money up immediately. When the time comes you will be able to do the Seva and there will be an Asthan there.”
And so, after Sant Ji Maharaj passed away in 1975, the local Sangat of Shaam-Churasi came to commemorate Sant Ji Maharaj’s first Barsi in 1976. The Sangat requested Sant Baba Kishan Singh Ji Maharaj (Chotte Sant Ji Rara Sahib Wale) to be blessed with a Pooran Mahapursh who would stay in Shaam-Churasi and maintain the Asthan. Sant Kishan Singh Ji Maharaj then sent Sant Baba Teerath Singh Ji ‘Heera’ to stay at Shaam-Churasi and gave the following Bachan: “Sant Tirath Singh Ji is a source of light, wherever they go there will be lightness”
Sant Baba Tirath Singh Ji joined the Rara Sahib Taksal in 1964 and partook in Seva/Simran. Sant Baba Tirath Singh Ji used to awake at 2AM and join in Simran all night. After seeing Sant Baba Tirath Singh Ji’s Seva and Simran, many people at Rara Sahib began to refer to them as ‘Bhagat’. Sant Baba Tirath Singh Ji followed all the Bachans Sant Ji Maharaj Sant Isher Singh Ji gave them.
And so, after spending 12 years doing Seva at Rara Sahib, Sant Baba Tirath Singh Ji came to Shaam-Churasi in the cold winter months and sat under a mango tree in Bhagti. Sant Baba Tirath Singh Ji stuck to their routine at Rara Sahib and even in the freezing cold winter would awake at 2AM to do Bhagti under the mango tree. They would speak and eat as little as possible. It is today that this Asthan has now become a place where Sangat can partake in Seva,Simran and enjoy the bliss of listening to ongoing Sri Akhand Paath Sahib Ji Jaaps and daily Gurbani Kirtan. Today there is a lot of resources for the Sangat and Sant Baba Tirath Singh Ji also encouraged the building of a school and a college that would support the coming generations.
Please forgive us for any mistakes.
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio