KESARĪ CHAND, Rājā of Jasvān, a tiny hill state situated in the foothills of the Śivāliks. Besides being a close relation, he was a confidant and ally of Rājā Bhīm Chand of Kahlūr, who once deputed him to Anandpur to seek from Gurū Gobind Siṅgh the loan of an expensive tent and a rare elephant. Rājā Bhīm Chand was playing a ruse on Gurū Gobind Siṅgh who, seeing through the design, told his emissary that he could not part with what were the offerings and presents of his Sikhs. Kesarī Chand joined the hill chiefs who fought Gurū Gobind Siṅgh in the battle of Bhaṅgāṇī in 1688. He also took part in the battle of Anandpur (AD 1700), and was killed in action.


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