GURBAKHSH SIṄGH KANHAIYĀ (1759-1785), son of Jai Siṅgh, head of the Kanhaiyā family, was born in 1759. He was first married to the daughter of Rājā Hamīr Siṅgh of Nābhā and then to Sadā Kaur, daughter of Dasaundhā Siṅgh Gill. Sadā Kaur, who became Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh's mother-in-law, acquired great fame during her son-in-law's early days. Gurbakhsh Siṅgh who accompanied his father in his various campaigns of conquest won reputation as the conqueror of the Kāṅgṛā Fort which he seized from its Afghān occupant in 1783. Gurbakhsh Siṅgh was killed in February 1785 while assisting his father in a battle fought against the allied forces of Mahāṅ Siṅgh Sukkarchakkīā and Rājā Saṅsār Chand of Kāṅgṛā, near the town of Baṭālā.


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