Unfortunately, the system degenerated as individual masands supported rival claimants to Gurūship. Consequently Gurū Gobind Siṅgh dismissed the masands and in successive hukamnāmās bade the Sikhs to ignore them and bring their offerings direct to the Gurū.
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