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Duty Beyond Death……

Baba Harbhajan Mandir located at Nathula , Sikkim is a shrine which leaves you spellbound!!

Amazing story of Baba Harbhajan Singh – the Hero of the Nathu-La pass (India-China border).

He was an Indian army sepoy who died on duty in the year 1968.
It is believed that his body left the world but his soul is still on active duty.
He slipped and drowned in a glacier near the Nathu-La Pass in Eastern Sikkim while trying to send supplies to a remote post on mules.
It is said he himself helped the Indian army locate his body after three days of his death.
And few days later, through a dream, he instructed one of his colleagues to build a shrine in his name.
His unit built a samadhi in his name 9km from the present shrine.
Amazing beliefs ……
Baba warns the soldiers of any impending attacks atleast 3 days in advance.
It is believed is still guarding the international boundaries of the two countries.
He was accorded the status of saint by the Indian army.
During the customary flag meetings between the India and China, the Chinese army still sets a chair aside for Baba.
Baba Mandir today has three rooms, Baba’s office, store room and living room. In the living room every item of his need has been neatly kept. His bed, shoes, slippers, water bottle, ironed
uniform, an umbrella – everything.
His room is cleaned every morning.
On some mornings, soldiers have found crumpled bedsheet and his muddy shoes in the room.
On a lot of occasions, soldiers have discovered that Baba still visits the camps and his post.
He still draws his salary every month.
He is sent on annual leave every year on 11 September. His belongings are sent to his hometown. The train departs from New Jalpaiguri station, Siliguri, West Bengal. A berth is reserved in his name and is left empty for the entire journey. Two soldiers accompanies him till his hometown.
The Army is on high alert when Baba is on leave.

The Legacy of Baba rightly stands with the saying , ” Soldiers never Die”…..


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