Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Alamgir is located in the Ludhiana District which is 7 miles southwest from the city (30º-54'N, 75º-52'E), on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla Highway. The village is located about a mile to the right side of the Ludhiana-Malerkotla Highway.
Area : 743 hectares
Population: 2803 (1991 census)
When was Alamgir established?
According to the elders of the village, in the late 17th century, the village became populated with the first villagers of Alamgir. It is said that Sarai Lashkari Khan was built near the village of Beeja. The Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, also known as Alamgir, his chosen Imperial title, was invited for the royal feast. Nawab Lodhi of Ludhiana was passing through the Dhandra village alongside his guards when he saw the Chowdry’s daughter. After seeing her beauty, he ordered his guards to kidnap her.
When Aurangzeb arrived for the opening ceremony of Sarai Lashkri, Chowdry and the village elders, informed him about the incident that Nawab Lodhi kidnapped Chowdry’s daughter. Aurangzeb ordered Nawab Lodhi to appear before him and explain the incident. Nawab Lodhi was found guilty and was beheaded by the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb Alamgir. The new village was named as Alamgir, the conqueror of the universe, in honor of the justice given by Aurangzeb.
The First Residents of Alamgir
According to the legend, the Grewals were the first to in habitat the village of Alamgir. They came from Todarwala, Tehsil Samrala, District Ludhiana. Faujdar of Ladwa, along with his Begham, was going through the village of Alamgir to Fort of Badowal. They stopped near the village to rest, where his Begham disappeared. Due to this incident, the Faujdar became furious and created a barricade around the village. He ordered his guards to destroy and burn the village. One of the guards was a Grewal. He let some of the villagers escape the barricade. The escapees made their way to the nearby village of Duley and settled in. After this event, the village remained deserted.
The Revival of Alamgir
Totta Grewal, resident of village Gujjarwal Tehsil Pakhowal, District Ludhiana, had three sons named, Sema, Jodha, and Ugrah. In the late 17th century, Sema Grewal, purchased the land of the Alamgir village and was given permission to settle back into the area long after the village was destroyed by the Faujdar of Ladwa.
The Descendants of Sema Grewal
Alamgir is home to many of the descendants of Sema Grewal. Sema had a son named Blaaki who had a son named Lakhmir Grewal. Bhai Nigahia Singh Grewal Ji, was the son of Lakhmir. Bhai Nigahia Singh Ji had three sons known as Sardul Singh, Bagha Singh, and Bhaga Singh.
Bhai Nigahia Singh Ji
Bhai Nigahia Singh Ji is renowned for his service and sacrifices for Sikhism. When Guru Gobind Singh Ji arrived in Alamgir, he presented Guru Ji with a horse. Guru Ji was delighted with this gift. After resting for three days, Guru Ji left the palanquin and rode this horse to Raikot. The Mughal Army was after Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Guru Ji had left the village of Alamgir before the Mughal Army arrived. They surrounded Bhai Nigahia Singh Ji’s house but he managed to escape and reach Mulowal. The Mughal Army slaughtered Bhai Nigahia Singh Ji’s family. There is a Dharamsala in Patti Lakhmir of the Alamgir Village. According to the village elders, it was Bhai Nigahia Singh Ji’s home.
The Martyrs of Alamgir in the Battle of Chamkaur
During the battle of Chamkaur, along with Sahibzada, Baba Ajit Singh Ji and Baba Juzaar Singh Ji, there were three Sikhs from Alamgir that also fought in the battle. They were Bhai Sher Singh, Bhai Sardul Singh, and Bhai Sukha Singh, who sacrificed their lives for Sikhism. Bhai Sardul Singh was the eldest son of Bhai Nigahia Singh Ji.