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Bhai Sahib Singh

Bhai Sahib Singh was one of the Panj Pyare or the Five Beloved of revered memory in the Sikh tradition, was born the son of Bhai Guru Narayana, in Bidar in present day Karnataka. His wife was Ankamma. Bidar had been visited by Guru Nanak early in the sixteenth century and a Sikh shrine had been established there in his honour. Sahib Chand, as Sahib Singh was called before he underwent the rites of the Khalsa, travelled to Anandpur at the young age of 16, and attached himself permanently to Guru Gobind Singh.

• Original Name: Sahib Chand
• Became Bhai Sahib Singh on taking Amrit
• Born in Hoshiarpur, Punjab region, India in 1662
• Trade: Barber
• Fathers name: Bhai Guru Narayana ji
• Mothers name: Mata Ankamma Bai ji
• Akal Chalana: Attained Shayeedie at Chamkaur Sahib on 1705
• At the time of inauguration of Khalsa, Bhai Sahib ji was 37 years old
• On 7 December 1705 in the battle of Chamkaur, Bhai Sahib Singh with Bhai Himmat Singh and Bhai Mukham Singh died.

Bhai Sahib Singh won a name for himself as a marksman. In one of the battles at Anandpur he shot dead the Gujjar chief, Jamatulla. In another action the Raja of Hindur, Bhup Chand, was seriously wounded by a shot from his musket following which the entire hill army fled the field. Sahib Chand was one of the five Sikhs who, on the Vaisakhi day of 30 March 1699, offered, upon Guru Gobind Singh's call to lay down their heads. They were greeted by the Guru as the five beloved of him. These five formed the nucleus of the Khalsa, the Guru's own, that were inaugurated dramatically that day. Sahib Chand, after undergoing the rites of the Khalsa, became Sahib Singh, receiving the title of Singh common to all members of the Khalsa.

Bhai Sahib Singh fell in the battle of Chamkaur on 7 December 1705 with Bhai Himmat Singh and Bhai Mohkam Singh.

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