BALBĪR SIṄGH, RĀJĀ (1869-1906), born on 30 August 1869, the son of Rājā Bikram Siṅgh, ascended the throne of Farīdkoṭ state on 16 December 1898. He ruled for barely eight years, yet his reign was marked by new buildings such as the Victoria Memorial Clock Tower and the Rāj Mahal he constructed and the gardens he had laid out in Farīdkoṭ. He also did much to develop and promote the breeding of horses and cattle in the state. The first three of the four volumes of the monumental Farīdkoṭ Ṭikā, a full-scale commentary in Punjabī on the Gurū Granth Sāhib prepared by a synod of Sikh scholars appointed by his father Rājā Bikram Siṅgh were published during his time.

        Rājā Balbīr Siṅgh died in February 1906 and the succession passed on to his adopted son, Brijinder Siṅgh.


  1. Griffin, Lepel, The Rajas of the Punjab. Delhi, 1977
  2. Ganda Siṅgh, The Patiala and the East Panjab States Union : Historical Background. Patiala, 1951
  3. Harbaṅs Siṅgh, Farīdkoṭ Itihās Bāre. Farīdkot, 1947

Sardār Siṅgh Bhāṭīā