SĀHIB SIṄGH, BHĀĪ (1665-1705), one of the Pañj Piāre or the Five Beloved of revered memory in the Sikh tradition, was born the son of Bhāī Guru Nārāyaṇa, a barber of Bidar in Karnāṭaka, and his wife Aṅkammā. Bidar had been visited by Gurū Nānak early in the sixteenth century and a Sikh shrine had been established there in his honour. Sāhib Chand, as Sāhib Siṅgh was called before he underwent the rites of the Khālsā, travelled to Anandpur at the young age of 16, and attached himself permanently to Gurū Gobind Siṅgh. He won a name for himself as marksman and in one of the battles at Anandpur he shot dead the Gujjar chief Jamātullā. In another action the rājā of Hiṇḍūr, Bhūp Chand, was seriously wounded by a shot from his musket following which the entire hill army fled the field. Sāhib Chand was one of the five Sikhs who, on the Baisākhī day of 30 March 1699, offered, upon Gurū Gobind Siṅgh's call, to lay down their heads. They were greeted by the Gurū as the five beloved of him. These five formed the nucleus of the Khālsā, the Gurū's own, inaugurated dramatically on that day. Sāhib Chand, after undergoing the rites of the Khālsā, became Sāhib Siṅgh, receiving the surname of Siṅgh common to all members of the Khālsā brotherhood.
Bhāī Sāhib Siṅgh fell in the battle of Chamkaur on 7 December 1705.
Shamsher Siṅgh Ashok