BALLŪ, BHĀĪ, a barber who embraced the Sikh faith at the hands of Gurū Aṅgad came into prominence in the time of Gurū Amar Dās. When Gurū Amar Dās, after being consecrated Gurū by Gurū Aṅgad, retired to Goindvāl and shut himself in a room to meditate in seclusion, Bhāī Ballū, at the instance of saṅgat, anxious for a sight of the Gurū, persuaded him to come out of his solitude. Ballū accompanied the Gurū during visits to Kurukshetra and Haridvār. According to Sarūp Dās Bhallā, Mahimā Prakāsh, when Gurū Amar Dās composed the famous hymn, Anandu, on the occasion of the birth of his grandson, Anand, Bhāī Ballū sang it at his command to the beat of a drum. He also joined hands with Bhāī Pāro in inaugurating, with the Gurū's approval, an annual fair at Goindvāl to celebrate Baisākhī. Lastly, when Emperor Akbar met Gurū Amar Dās and wanted to make an endowment for Gurū kā Laṅgar, an offer politely turned down by the Gurū, it was at Bhāī Ballū's suggestion that the emperor made a gift of some land to the Gurū's daughter, Bībī Bhānī. It was on this site that the holy city of Amritsar was laid out by the third Gurū's successor, Gurū Rām Dās, Nānak IV.


  1. Bhallā, Sarūp Dās, Mahimā Prakāsh. Patiala, 1971
  2. Giān Siṅgh, Giānī, Twārīkh Gurū Khālsā. Patiala, 1970
  3. Macauliffe, Max Arthur, The Sikh Religion. Oxford, 1909

Balbīr Siṅgh Dil