KARAM SIṄGH CHĀHAL (d.1823) was, like his father Katthā Siṅgh, in the service of the Bhaṅgī sardārs Lahiṇā Siṅgh and Gujjar Siṅgh before he joined Raṇjīt Siṅgh's army after he had seized Lahore in 1799 from Lahiṇā Siṅgh Bhaṅgī's son, Chet Siṅgh. Karam Siṅgh rapidly rose in the Mahārājā's favour and became a powerful sardār. He took part in most of the Mahārājā's campaigns, including those of Piṇḍī Bhaṭṭiāṅ, Poṭhohār, Jhaṅg, Kasūr and Multān. The Mahārājā gave him several villages in jāgīr at Ajnālā, in Amritsar district, and at Khānevāl, in Multān district. His estates eventually reached the value of Rs 1,50,000 subject to the service of 250 horse. Karam Siṅgh fell wounded by a musket ball in the battle of Ṭerī in March 1823 in which the celebrated Phūlā Siṅgh Akālī had been killed. He was carried to his tent, but died the following morning. He was survived by his only son, Gurmukh Siṅgh, who had also fought in this battle.


  1. Griffin, Lepel, and C.F. Massy, Chiefs and Families of Note in the Punjab. Lahore, 1909
  2. Sūrī, Sohan Lāl, Umdāt-ut-Twārīkh, Lahore, 1885-89

Sardār Siṅgh Bhāṭīā