ḌALLĀ, BHĀĪ (later Ḍall Siṅgh), a Siddhū Jaṭṭ and chaudharī or landlord of Talvaṇḍī Sābo, enthusiastically received Gurū Gobind Siṅgh when he arrived there with his entourage early in 1706, and attended diligently to the needs and comforts of the daily-growing saṅgat. According to Bhāī Santokh Siṅgh, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth, Ḍallā maintained a private army of several hundred warriors of whom he was very proud. He more than once commiserated with Gurū Gobind Siṅgh on the events that had overtaken him, boastfully adding that had the Gurū called him for help he would have joined him with his bold warriors and that he (the Gurū) would have been saved much of the travail. Gurū Gobind Siṅgh every time dismissed the topic saying, "God's will must prevail. It is useless to brood over the past. " Once as Ḍallā was repeating his boast, two artisans of Lahore came and presented the Gurū with two costly muzzle-loading guns. The Gurū asked Bhāī Ḍallā to provide a couple of his men as targets for him to test the range and striking power of the weapons. The strange demand stunned Ḍallā and put his men out of their wits, and none of them came forward. The Gurū thereupon invited two Raṅghreṭa Sikhs, father and son, who happened to be busy tying their turbans near by. They both came running, turbans in hand, each trying to be in front of the other in order to be the first to face the bullet. Bhāī Ḍallā, astonished at the Sikhs' spirit of sacrifice, was ashamed and learnt to be humble. He took the initiation of the Khālsā, receiving the name of Ḍall Siṅgh. A small domed shrine within the precincts of Takht Damdamā Sāhib at Talvaṇḍī Sābo honours Ḍall Siṅgh's memory to this day. A sword and shield and a few other articles claimed to have been bestowed upon him by Gurū Gobind Siṅgh are preserved in the descendant family as sacred relics.


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