NIDHĀN SIṄGH, SANT (1882-1947), holy man popularly known as Hazūr Sāhibvāle, was born the son of Bhāī Uttam Siṅgh of the village of Niḍāloṅ in Hoshiārpur district of the Punjab. He received religious instruction at the hands of Sant Dīvān Siṅgh, popular in the area for his Holiness. He left his home at the age of 20 and enlisted in the 5th Probyn's Horse, a cavalry regiment of the Indian army, at Jhāṅsī. But he resigned within a year and set out on pilgrimage to Takht Sachkhaṇḍ Srī Hazūr Sāhib, Nāndeḍ, where he took up his permanent abode and found his calling in work in Gurū kā Laṅgar. He began by fetching water from the bāoī, storing it in large earthen pitchers and serving it to visiting pilgrims. He eventually raised a gurdwārā to serve Laṅgar or meals to the pilgrims on which account the complex came to be known as Gurdwārā Laṅgar Sāhib. To collect funds for the Laṅgar, he went out on preaching tours, army units being his special constituency. As his popularity and his resources grew, Sant Nidhān Siṅgh took up construction of other gurdwārās. The best known among them is the one at Manmāḍ where pilgrims from the north have usually to wait for long hours for changing trains to Nāndeḍ. It is known as Gurdwārā Guptsar. Three of the other Gurdwārās built at his instance are Gurdwārā Nānakpurī and Gurdwārā Ratangaṛh, near Nāndeḍ, and Gurdwārā Sāhib at Bhūsāval. At his initiative were raised Gurdwārā Tatt Khālsā at Karāchī and Gurdwārā Sāhib at Kahūṭā, both now outside of India.

         Sant Nidhān Siṅgh died at Nāndeḍ on 4 August 1947.


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  2. Sahi, Joginder Singh, Sikh Shrines in India and Abroad. Faridabad, 1978

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