CHHAJJŪ MALL (d. 1822), son of Keval Naraiṇ, belonged to a Brāhmaṇ family. He and his ancestors had been in the service of the emperors of Delhi. His father, who had shifted to Lahore in Sikh times, died young. Chhajjū Mall, entered the service of Sardār Jai Siṅgh of the Kanhaiyā misl. He received a command in the chief's force, and participated in most of the warfare against the neighbouring chiefs. He was present at the battle of Achal in 1783 when Gurbakhsh Siṅgh, the only son of Sardār Jai Siṅgh, was killed fighting against Jassā Siṅgh and Mahāṅ Siṅgh Sukkarchakkīā. After the battle, Chhajjū Mall was appointed chaudharī of Katṛā (quarter) Kanhaiyā in the town of Amritsar. On the death of Jai Siṅgh Kanhaiyā, he held the position courageously under the chief's daughter-in-law, Māī Sadā Kaur, defending the Kaṭṛā against several successive assaults. He was able to reduce custom duties by more than half which attracted many merchants to come and settle in the Kaṭṛā. Young Raṇjīt Siṅgh, after his marriage with the daughter of Māī Sadā Kaur, usually put up with Chhajjū Mall on his visits to Amritsar and received crucial assistance from him in getting possession of the city. Chhajjū Mall was entrusted with the collection of customs at Amritsar for some time and then moved to Kāṅgṛā where he served for three years before proceeding to Haridvār and Banāras on a pilgrimage. On his return in 1820, he received no public appointment.

        Chhajjū Mall died in 1822.


  1. Griffin, Lepel, and C. F. Massy, Chiefs and Families of Note in the Punjab. Lahore, 1890
  2. Sūrī, Sohan Lāl, 'Umdāt-ut-Twārīkh. Lahore, 1885-89

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