CHIṬṬĀ BĀZ, lit. white hawk, is traditionally the name given to one of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh's favourite falcons whom he would carry perched on his hand when going out for chase or falconry. This image of the Gurū - the white falcon resting upon his left hand - has survived in folklore and in portraiture, and he is known to this day as chiṭṭiāṅ bājāṅvālā, Master of the White Hawk.

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)