History & Significance
How blessed is mother India who gave birth to so many great saints, sages, seekers and great philosophers ! The world had always been in need of such great souls and they have been taking birth here from the times immemorial. They awakened the common people, gave them wisdom, enlightened them, preached and thought about their well being, peace, morality and right conduct in life. From time to time people witnessed their miracles. Such great souls generated undaunted courage and patience in the people who were made to suffer by cruel aggressors and gave them strength to face the invaders bravely. As a result, the lamp of Indian culture and religion continues to spread its radiance till now. Shri Guru Ram Rai Ji Maharaj occupies a special place in the chain of great souls. His story dates back to 360 years.
Shri Guru Ram Rai Ji was the eldest son of the seventh Patshahi (seventh Guru of the Sikhs), Shri Guru Har Rai Ji. He was born on Chaitrawadi Panchami, Tuesday, (the fifth day of Holi) in Samvat 1703, Vikrami (1646 A.D.) at Kiratpur, Kot Har Rai, district Hoshiarpur (now Ropar) in Punjab. His mother's name was Kot Kalyani who was also known as Sulakhni due to her ideal qualities. She was the daughter of Shri Maya Ram Ji belonging to a Kshatriya family of Anoop Shahar. Perceiving the influence and greatness of Shri Har Rai Ji, Shri Maya Ram Ji's younger brother, Shri Daya Ram Ji, married off his daughter, Krishna Kaur, to Shri Guru Har Rai Ji. Mata Kot Kalyani was very simple and generous by nature. She served the saints whole-heartedly and was also a great devotee of Lord Shiva.