BHĀNĀ, BHĀĪ (1536-1644), the youngest son of Bābā Buḍḍhā, was born in the village of Katthu Naṅgal, in Amritsar district of the Punjab. Bābā Buḍḍhā, blessed by Gurū Nānak himself, was the most revered Sikh of his day. In his lifetime, he had had the privilege of anointing with his hands five successive Gurūs, Gurū Aṅgad to Gurū Hargobind. Upon his death in 1631, Bhāī Bhānā succeeded him in that position of honour in Gurū Hargobind's household. He was then in his ninety-fifth year. Such was his reputation for piety that he was commonly called Brahm-Giānī, i. e. one possessing divine knowledge and experience. He was married at the age of 18 and had three sons -Jalāl, Sarvaṇ and Dāsū. Dāsū died young and Jalāl outlived his father only by two months. Bhāī Bhānā founded two habitations near his village, one called Talvaṇḍī Bhānā after his own name and the other Jhaṇḍā Ramdās named after his grandson but now called simply Ramdās.
Bhāī Bhānā had the honour of performing the last rites of Gurū Hargobind and of anointing Gurū Har Rāi in March 1644 as his successor. He himself died the same year at Jhaṇḍā Ramdās where his samādh still exists by the side of his father's. His elder son, Jalāl, who succeeded him, did not live long. Bhāī Sarvaṇ, the younger son of Bhāī Bhānā, then waited upon the Gurū.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)