DILĀWAR KHĀN, a Mughal chief, who during the closing years of seventeenth century sent his son, referred to as Khānzādā in Gurū Gobind Siṅgh's Bachitra Nāṭak, as head of an imperial expedition to exact tribute from the Gurū. The young commander, marching with alacrity, reached the vicinity of Anandpur at midnight and intended to surprise the town. But the Gurū was alerted by his chamberlain, Ālam Chand, and the Sikhs, putting on their armour, rushed out to meet the invaders. The beating of the Raṇjīt Nagārā and the war-cries of the Sikhs echoed widely in the stillness of the dark winter's night, giving an exaggerated estimate of their numbers. The Mughal force was completely unnerved at the suddenness of the Sikhs' movement and beat a hasty retreat without giving battle. The Khān fled deserting the field. Dilāwar Khān fell into a rage on hearing of the disaster. He made attempts to retrieve the lost position by sending, first, his slave general Husain Khān and, then Jujhār Siṅgh Hādā, a Rājput, against Gurū Gobind Siṅgh, but without success.


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