JAIMAL SIṄGH BHŪRĪVĀLE, SANT (d. 1976), known for his austere living and dedication to sevā or holy service, was the son of Bhāī Sher Siṅgh, a shopkeeper of Chakvāl, a tahsīl town in Jehlum district of the Punjab, now in Pakistan. Born in the early years of the twentieth century, Jaimal Siṅgh came under the influence of Sant Gopāl Siṅgh of Chakvāl who taught him to read Gurmukhī and the sacred texts. As he came of age, he left his native place and came to live at Amritsar sometime during 1930-31. He lived in a small hut near Gurdwārā Rāmsar, and worked as a porter. Shifting to the ḍerā of Giānī Amīr Siṅgh, he resumed the study of the Sikh lore. Wearing sackcloth he would spend his spare time at Harimandar Sāhib, the Golden Temple, worshipping and sweeping the parikramā floor or the circumambulatory terrace around the sacred pool. His humility and dedication won him wide esteem, and he came to be known as Sant Bhūrīvāle, bhūrī in Punjabi meaning sackcloth or an old, worn-out blanket. His participation in kār-sevā for the widening of the Golden Temple parikramā in the 1940's when he was given charge of its southern flank brought him further repute. He took up other works of kār-sevā, including those at Gurdwārā Pātshāhī IX at Vallā, 6 km east of Amritsar, Gurdwārā Damdamā Sāhib on the way to Vallā, Gurdwārā Bhāī Mañjh near Amritsar, Darbār Sāhib at Ḍerā Bābā Nānak, Gurdwārā Fatehgaṛh Sāhib, near Sirhind, and Gurdwārā Pātshāhī IX at Karhālī, village 20 km south of Paṭiālā.
Sant Jaimal Siṅgh died in Amritsar in October 1976.
Sarmukh Siṅgh Amole