Hukamnama of Guru Tegh Bahadur

ca. 1665-1675
Dr. Gurpal Singh Bhuller collection

An early administrative hukamnama from Guru Tegh Bahadur the 9th Sikh Guru (1621-1675) addressed to the congregation of Benares (Varanasi). It verifies that donations of the congregation sent to the Guru were sucessfully recieved. The Hukamnama endorses Bhai Kalyan Das and asks the congregation to trust him and provide assistance to him.

The Supreme Guru (God) is Truth

Addressed to Bhai Jawehar Mal. The Guru shall cherish the entire congregation of Benares (Varanasi). Bhai Kalyan Das appeared before us, and presented offerings from the congregation. Give Bhai Kalyan Das all manner of help. May the Lords blessing be on you all.