JAI RĀM (d. 1518), brother-in-law of Gurū Nānak, was a trusted official at the court of Nawāb Daulat Khān Lodhī at Sultānpur, in present-day Kapūrthalā district of the Punjab. He was married to Nānakī, daughter of Kaliāṇ Chand and sister of Gurū Nānak, in 1475 at Talvaṇḍī Rāi Bhoi. Gurū Nānak stayed with them for several years at Sultānpur, where Jai Rām had secured for him appointment as the Nawāb's modī or storekeeper. Jai Rām, though much senior to Gurū Nānak in age, respected the latter for his piety and considered himself blessed for being related to him. Gurū Nānak was present at Sultānpur Lodhī in 1518 when Jai Rām died just three days after the death of his wife, Nānakī. The couple had been childless.


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