DESŪ, Jaṭṭ of Chahal clan, was a minor chief at Bhīkhī, in present-day Mānsā district, when Gurū Tegh Bahādur visited that village travelling through the Mālvā region in 1672-73. As he came to see him, the Gurū asked him why he carried a walking stick in his quiver. Desū replied that although he was a Hindu by birth, he was a follower of Sultān Sakhī Sarwar, and carried the stick as an emblem of that faith. According to Mālvā Desh Raṭan dī Sākhī Pothī, the Gurū gave Desū five arrows from his quiver and said that if he kept these with him he should prosper and want nothing. Desū discarded the Sultānī stick. Desū's wife broke and burnt the arrows given by the Gurū. This, it is said, brought a curse on his house and his son and grandson perished at the hands of his enemies and his direct line came to an end.


  1. Mālvā Desh Raṭan dī Sākhī Pothī. Amritsar, 1950
  2. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth, Amritsar, 1926-37
  3. Giān Siṅgh, Giānī, Twārīkh Gurū Khālsā. Patiala, 1970

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)