Baba Dhir Mal was elder brother Guru Har Rai. He was born on 8th january 1626 A.D at kartarpur. He was very clever,cunning and greedy from his very childhood.When Guru Hargobind Sahib heard about the birth of his grandson he reached kartarpur.On seeing the child he said,”He seems to be a an incarnation of my uncel prithi chand,”Seeing the cleverness of the child he was named Dhir Mal so that he become cool headed.
The words of the Guru proved true.When Dhir Mal Grew young he proved to be selfish,cunning and greedy.
During the fourth battel of the sikhs,he did not help Guru Hargobimd Sahib but instead conspired with the rulers.Nawab of jalandhar allotted him the city and adjoining land of kartarpur. he became himself ruler of kartarpur .he Became himself ruler of kartarpur.he had no respect for his grand-father,Guru Hargobind Sahib. When his father Baba Gurditta passed away,Guru Hargobind Sahib send a messenger to tell him about the death of his father.but he paid no heed and did not attend the ceremony of last rites of his father. He was also asked to hand over the Granth Sahib,but he refused to give them .
He stayed at Kartarpur for good. As the real Granth Sahib written by Bhai Gurdas was in his possession he was considering himself a guru.
The devotees were paying visit to have a glimpse of the first copy of the Granth Sahib and were offering money as well. so he became very rich.Guru Hargobind Sahib was noticing his cunning behaviour.he made up his mind to bestow Gurugaddi on his younger brother(Guru) Har Rai who had a very gentle and affable nature. when Har Rai Ji became Guru,Dhir Mal complained about it to King Shahjahan. he said that Guru Hargobind Sahib had confiscated his right. He was the eldest son of baba Gurditta so he was the deserving heir. but Shahjahan did not interfere in the affairs of guru. But he made Dhir Mal as his courtier and issued the ordinance of ownership of kartarpur’s land in the name of Dhir Mal.
When Guru Harkrishnan Sahib passed away at delhi, and he informed the Sikhs that next guru was residing at Bakala. Then Dhir Mal took his men and reached Bakala. There he declared that guru Harkrishan had bestowed Gurgaddi on him. Twenty one other Sodhis also opened their shopes.and declared themselves as the Ninth Guru. But Makhan Shah found the true Guru and made announcement about his discovery. he told the people that all the twenty two so called Guru were hypocrites. “I have found the true Guru and his guru Tegh Bahadur “. he also narrated his story how he was able to find the guru.
When Dhir Mal perceived that true Guru had been Found and even Gurgaddi had been bestowed on him by the authentic personalities, he lost his temper. he asked his men to rob the house of Guru Tegh Bahadur. His one servant even fired at Guru Tegh Bahadur. fortunately the bullet did not hit the guru . but his followers plundered the valuable articles from the house of guru Tegh Bahadur.
When Makhan Shah Lubaana heared about it he attacked the camp of Dhir Mal and brought back the devastated property. Makhan Shah had an armed force with him. He punished Dhir Mal so severely that he was forced to run away from Bakala. His men even chased Dhir Mal and his followers. He was so frightened that he did not dare to go there again. Returned back at Kartarpur and settled there. There also he was calling himself as the Guru. When Aurangzeb became the king of India,he arrested Dhir Mal and killed him.