GULĀB SIṄGH (d. 1800) succeeded his father, Desū Siṅgh, to the chiefship of the Bhaṅgī misl or principality after the latter's death in 1782. Gulāb Siṅgh retained Amritsar as his seat and raised several buildings and gardens to beautify the city. He defeated Paṭhān chiefs of Kasūr, Nizām ud-Dīn and Qutb ud-Dīn, and made them his tributaries. Gulāb Siṅgh's military strength in 1798, at the time of Shāh Zamān's last invasion, was put at 6,000 and four pieces of cannon. His territory yielded him about ten lakh of rupees as annual revenue. At the fall of Lahore into the hands of Raṇjīt Siṅgh, Gulāb Siṅgh sensed a danger to himself and formed a cabal against him. Besides Gulāb Siṅgh, the cabal consisted of Sāhib Siṅgh Bhaṅgī of Gujrāt, Jassā Siṅgh Rāmgaṛhīā and Nizām ud-Dīn of Kasūr. The allied troops marched to Bhasīn, a few miles east of Lahore where Raṇjīt Siṅgh also arrived with force. At Bhasīn the two armies lay encamped for about two months, but neither of them dared take the initiative. As the stalemate continued, Gulāb Siṅgh was suddenly taken ill and died. This happened in 1800.

         Gulāb Siṅgh was succeeded on his death by his ten-year old son Gurdit Siṅgh whose mother, Māī Sukkhāṅ, conducted the affairs of the misl as his guardian.


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  2. Griffin, Lepel, and C.F. Massy, Chiefs and Families of Note in the Punjab. Lahore, 1909
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Sardār Siṅgh Bhāṭīā