MATĪ DĀS, BHĀĪ (d. 1675), the martyr, was the son of Bhāī Hīrā Mal, also called Hīrānand, a Chhibbar Brāhmaṅ of Kaṛiālā, now in Pakistan. His grandfather, Bhāī Parāgā , had embraced the Sikh faith in the time of Gurū Hargobind and had taken part in battles with the Mughal forces. His uncle Dargāh Mall served Gurū Har Rāi and Gurū Har Krishan as Dīwān or manager of the household. Matī Dās and his brother, Satī Dās, assisted Dargāh Mall in his work during Gurū Tegh Bahādur's time. The former was himself appointed Dīwān along with Dargāh Mall who was by then considerably advanced in years. Dīwān Matī Dās accompanied Gurū Tegh Bahādur during his travels in the eastern parts in 1665-70. He was among those who were seized, along with Gurū Tegh Bahādur at Dhamtān in 1665 and then released from Delhi at the intervention of Kaṅvar Rām Siṅgh, of Āmber. In 1675, when the Gurū set out from Anandpur for Delhi, Matī Dās accompanied him. He was arrested with him under imperial orders and taken to Delhi. Upon his refusal to forswear his faith, he was tortured to death. He was, on 11 November 1675, sawn into two, from head downwards.
Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)