Dr Jagraj Singh was born in village Mari Megha Tehsil Kasur, District Lahore (now Tehsil Patti, District Tarn Taran) in the Sikh heartland called ‘Majha’ (central Punjab), the land of early Sikh veterans. He passed his matriculation examination from Majha Khalsa High School Khalra and F.Sc. medical from Khalsa college Amritsar, where Dr Taaran was his professor of divinity. He was trained as an allopath at Arya Medical School Ludhiana and passed his LSMF examination in 1963. Thereafter he had a short stint with government service in the Punjab but soon he resigned from his government job and started his private practice at the historic town of Sri Hargobindpur in Gurdaspur district. Before his migration to USA in 1998, he practiced there for about thirty five years. During all these years of his life he witnessed the partition of the Sikh homeland in 1947, the Punjabi Suba agitation by the Sikhs and the re-organization of the Punjab, the emergency of Indo-China war, emergency imposed by Mrs. Indra Gandhi, two Indo-Pak wars, operation Blue Star, operation Black Thunder and the aftermath. He had the good luck of coming into personal contact with almost all important Sikh political and religious leaders of afore said period.
His grandmother Sardarni Aas Kaur (died 1960) used to tell him the stories of the Sikh rule which she had heard from her grand mother-in-law, wife of Kumedan Bagga Singh, who was part and parcel of that regime. Kumedan suffered an attack of stroke at the surrender ceremony held at Kasur after the defeat of the Sikhs in the first Anglo-Sikh war at Sabhraon. He died next day at their village Mari Megha. His Father Sardar Bhagwan Singh (died 1982) was a highly religious person and had great knowledge of oral Sikh history and religion. He learned both from his father.
Mari Megha is located about 20 miles south-east of Lahore, two miles off the road leading from Lahore to Harike and the historic villages of Mari Kambokay (Sukha Singh), Waan (Tara Singh), Pahuwind (Baba Deep Singh), Singhpura (Nawab Kapur Singh), Poohlay (Bhai Taru Singh), Sur Singh (Bhai Mahan Singh), Chhina (Bhai Bidhi Chand), Padhana (Bhai Garja Singh and Bhai Bota Singh), Jhabaal (Mai Bhago) lie within its ten mile radius.
All Sikh Gurus or their parents were born within a radius of about fifty miles around Lahore. The Moghul, Muslim governments of the Punjab and Hindustan were forced by the Sikhs through armed struggle to accept their suzrenity over the Parganas of Jhabal, Patti, Dipalpur, Kanaganwal and Chunian areas along the north-west bank of Beas and Satlej rivers. These areas were granted to the Sikhs as Jagir (estate) with Amritsar as their headquarter in the province of Lahore in the Punjab in 1733 A.D, by the Moghul Muslim government and their leader Kapur Singh was given the title of Nawab. Eleven Misals out of the total twelve Sikh Misals who successfully destroyed the Muslim domination and rule in the Punjab and established Sikh rule in their homeland (Punjab) belonged to this area.
Activities and societies: Research on Sikh religion and Sikh history. Published author of:
“A complete guide to Sikhism”, published by Unistar, Chandigarh, India
“Theology of Sikhism,” Published by Bhai Jiwan Singh, Bhai Chattar Singh, Amritsar, India.
“Philosophy of Sikhism”, published by Bhai Jiwan Singh Chattar Singh, Amritsar India.
Rejection of ritual Brahmanical practices of Hinduism (Bipran Kee Reet) by Sikhism / Gurmat, published by Bhai Chattar Singh Bhai Jiwan Singh, Amritsar, India.
Founded and built Guru Harkishen Public School (Chief Khalsa Diwan) at Sri Hargobindpur.
Established Sardar Sobha Singh memorial art gallery at Sri Hargobindpur.
Founded Sikh awareness society of USA, Tampa, Florida
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