Sri Gur Panth Prakash
Rattan Singh Bhangu’s magnum opus, Sri Gur Panth Prakash, occupies a unique position among the primary sources of Sikh history. His account of the Guru period concentrates on Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh, following the Janamsakhi tradition for the former and Bachittar Natak for the latter.
|Book||Sri Gur Panth Prakash Vol.1 & Vol.II Combined|
|Writer||Rattan Singh Bhangu|
|Editor||Kulwant Singh (English Translation)|
|Publisher||Institute of Sikh Studies, Chandigarh|
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Rattan Singh Bhangu makes only a passing reference to the other Patshahis. However, His narration of the origin and rise of the Khalsa during the 18th century is original and No other contemporary source is fairly comprehensive to the extent in comparison. In fact, there is no other original and reliable source for Sikh History in this period.
The accounts given by the Mughal rulers were highly biased and derogatory and showed the Sikhs as outlaws and criminals interested only in trouble-making. Far from showing them as saint-soldiers fighting for freedom and human rights and defense of the weak and the downtrodden, they painted them as devils with no legitimate claim to power and authority.
Bhai Veer Singh admired this work so much that he assumed every else Panth Parkash, Itihas, Tawarikh, Shaheed Ganj, etc is somehow derived from the Sri Guru Panth Parkash of Rattan Singh Bhangu.
“Let me kiss the hand of the Sardar Rattan Singh Bhangu who wrote ‘Panth Prakash’. I am telling the truth that if there was no ‘Panth Prakash’ then there would have been no Sikh history.” It was the opinion of the pioneer of modern Sikh history Sardar Karm Singh Historian.
It was, therefore, decided by the research committee of the Institute of Sikh Studies to take up work of translating into English, this great Punjabi epic which gives a true account of the happenings of the 18th century. Looking for Punjabi Edition?
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