KHĀLSĀ MAHIMĀ, literally praise of the Khālsā, is a short poem by Gurū Gobind Siṅgh inserted at the end of the thirty-three Savaiyye in the Dasam Granth. The language is Braj Bhāṣā, i.e. medieval Hindi of the Mathurā-Āgrā region. The setting is provided by an incident which occurred during a Dīvālī feast Gurū Gobind Siṅgh gave at Anandpur. On that occasion the high-caste Paṇḍit Kesho was inivited to eat after the Khālsā had feasted. Kesho felt slighted for, as a Brāhmaṇ, he should have taken precedence over all others. Gurū Gobind Siṅgh uttered this hymn exalting the Khālsā :

        I have won my battles through the favour of my Sikhs;

        Through their favour have I been able to dispense largesse.

        Through their favour my troubles have receded,

        And through their favour my prosperity expanded.

        It is through their favour that I acquired knowledge.

        Through their favour I subdued my enemies,

        Through their favour am I exalted,

        There are, else, millions of such humble persons as me.

        Let my body, my mind, my head, my wealth, and all that is mine

        Be dedicated to their service.


        As in the hukamnāmās, in this poem also we see the deep fellow feeling that existed between Gurū Gobind Siṅgh and his Khālsā.


    Ashta, DharamPal, The Poetry of the Dasam Granth. Delhi, 1959

C. H. Loehlin