DĀN, SIṄGH, a Brāṛ Jaṭṭ of the village of Mahimā Sarjā in present-day Baṭhiṇḍā district of the Punjab, joined along with his son the contingent of Brāṛs raised by Gurū Gobind Siṅgh after his escape from Chamkaur in December 1705. Dān Siṅgh by virtue of his devotion and daring soon won the Gurū's trust as well as the leadership of the Brāṛ force. The anonymous author of Mālvā Des Raṭan dī Sākhī Pothī states that he was appointed asupālī (aśvapāl) or keeper of horses. It was at his suggestion that Gurū Gobind Siṅgh chose a high ground near the ḍhāb or pool of Khidrāṇā (now known as Ṭibbī Sāhib near Muktsar), to defend himself against the pursuing host of the faujdār of Sirhind. When, during the Gurū's journey towards Talvaṇḍī Sābo, the Brāṛs became restive and demanded their arrears of pay from the Gurū, Dān Siṅgh tried to pacify them and advised them to be patient. As they remained adamant and sought immediate payment, the Gurū halted in the open near Chhateāṇā village and disbursed pay to all men who, according to the Mālvā Desh Raṭan di Sākhī Pothī, numbered 500 cavalry and 900 foot. At the end, as the Gurū asked Dān Siṅgh to come forward and receive his pay, he answered, "Be pleased to give me sikkhī (Sikh faith) instead, O True King! Of worldly possessions I have enough. " The Gurū was pleased to hear this answer and remarked, "You have saved the honour of the faith for Mālvā as Mahāṅ Siṅgh (See CHĀLĪ MUKTE) saved it for Mājhā. " Dān Siṅgh received the vows of the Khālsā. Later, Gurū Gobind Siṅgh told him to ask for a boon, but the only wish Dān Siṅgh expressed was that the Gurū visit his village which was close at hand. The Gurū obliged him and blessed him as well as his co-villagers.


  1. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1926-37
  2. Bhallā, Sarūp Dās, Mahimā Prakāsh. Patiala, 1971
  3. Mālvā Desh Raṭan dī Sākhī Pothī. Amritsar, 1968

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