AṆĪ RĀI, BĀBĀ (b. 1618), son of Gurū Hargobind, was, according to Gurbilās Chhevīṅ Pātshāhī born to Mātā Nānakī at Amritsar on 16 Maghar 1675 Bk/14 November 1618. The first to arrive to see the child's face was grandmother, Mātā Gaṅgā, and she was the most rejoiced of all the family. Gurū Hargobind, to quote the Gurbilās again, gave him the name Aṇī Rāi (aṇi, Skt. anīk = troops, army; rāi=rājā or chief), Lord of Armies. As he grew up, Aṇī Rāi remained absorbed within himself most of the time. He never married and lived the life of a recluse. All we learn from the biographer of Gurū Hargobind is that he carried the conch at the funeral of his stepmother (Mātā Marvāhī), his stepbrother, Sūraj Mal, giving his shoulder to the bier. Aṇī Rāi died at Kiratpur where a shrine honouring his memory still exists.