KIRPĀL CHAND, son of Bhāī Lāl Chand Subhikkhī and brother of Mātā Gujarī, mother of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh. He began his career as a soldier in Gurū Har Rāi's army and maintained close contact with Tegh Bahādur during his long years of seclusion at Bakālā. He was one of those who protected the Gurū's person against armed attack by the masand Shīhāṅ. He served Gurū Gobind Siṅgh as treasurer and camp organizer. While Gurū Tegh Bahādur went farther into Bengal and Assam, Kirpāl Chand remained at Paṭnā to look after the family, and later, on the way back, he escorted his newly born son, Gobind Rāi, and the ladies from Paṭnā to Anandpur. After Gurū Tegh Bahādur's martyrdom he practically occupied for several years the position of the guardian of the young Gurū and managed the affairs of the household under the care of Mātā Gujarī and Mātā Nānakī. His valour in the battle of Bhaṅgāṇī is applauded by Gurū Gobind Siṅgh in his Bachitra Nāṭak.

        Kirpāl Chand outlived Gurū Gobind Siṅgh and after him undertook the responsibility of managing the holy shrines at Amritsar. The date of his death is not known.


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Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)