DUNĪ CHAND, grandson of the well-known Bhāī Sālho (d. 1628), a Dhālīvāl Jaṭṭ of Majīṭhā in Amritsar district in the Punjab, was a masand of the Gurū's nominee in the Mājhā area. A hefty man of immense bulk, Dunī Chand led out a band of 500 warriors to Anandpur in 1700 when the Rājpūt hill chiefs had laid siege to the town. One day it was reported to Gurū Gobind Siṅgh that the besiegers were planning to use a drugged elephant the following morning to force open the gate of the Lohgaṛh Fort. To quote Kuir Siṅgh, Gur Bilās Pātshāhī X, the Gurū said, "I too have an intoxicated elephant, Dunī Chand. When he goes forth like a lion, the enemy will quail before him. " The prospect of facing a mad elephant however unnerved Dunī Chand, who decided to seek safety in desertion. As he along with a few of his companions was climbing down the wall of the fort, he fell and broke his leg. His men carried him back to his village where he soon died of snake-bite.


  1. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1926-37
  2. Kuir Siṅgh, Gurbilās Pātshāhī 10. Patiala, 1968
  3. Giān Siṅgh, Giānī, Panth Prakāsh. Patiala, 1970

Piārā Siṅgh Padam