VARYĀM SIṄGH, BHĀĪ (1889-1921), one of the Nankāṇā Sāhib martyrs, was born on 13 January 1889, the son of Bhāī Bhagvān Siṅgh and Māī Chand Kaur of Ṭibbī Jai Siṅgh, a village in Montgomery district (now Sāhīvāl) in Pakistan. He attended the village school in the neighbouring Gaṛh to which he and his mother had shifted after the death of his father. He started life as a village shopkeeper. He took the vows of the Khālsā and observed them faithfully. When the Gurdwārā Reform movement gathered momentum in 1920, Bhāī Varyām Siṅgh went to Sheikhūpurā and then to Gurdwārā Kharā Saudā, Chūhaṛkāṇā, where he joined the jathā of Bhāī Kartār Siṅgh Jhabbar, and served in Gurū kā Laṅgar for some time. Jathedār Jhabbar then sent him to Nankāṇā Sāhib where he, disguised as an Udāsī sādhu, gathered intelligence about Mahant Naraiṇ Dās' moves and reported it to the local Akālī leaders such as Bhāī Uttam Siṅgh, Bhāī Dalīp Siṅgh and Chaudharī Pāl Siṅgh. On the morning of 20 February l921, when they heard the firing upon Bhāī Lachhmaṇ Siṅgh's jathā in Gurdwārā Jānam Asthān and Bhāī Dalīp Siṅgh ran towards the Gurdwārā in order to plead with the Mahant to stop the firing, Bhāī Varyām Siṅgh also accompanied him. While Bhāī Dalīp Siṅgh was shot at by the Mahant himself, Bhāī Varyām Siṅgh was struck down by one of his hired killers. Bodies of both of them were thrown into the burning fires.
Gurcharan Siṅgh Giānī