MĀN SIṄGH, BHĀĪ (d. 1708), a warrior in Gurū Gobind Siṅgh's retinue, was, according to Sevā Siṅgh, Shahīd Bilās Bhāī Manī Siṅgh , the son of Māī Dās of 'Alīpur in Muzaffargaṛh district (now in Pakistan) and a brother of Bhāī Manī Rām whose five sons were among the first few to be initiated at the time of the inauguration of the Khālsā on 30 March 1699. Mān Siṅgh took part in the battles of Anandpur both as an ensign and a fighting soldier. He also fought at Chamkaur and was one of the three Sikhs who survived that critically unequal battle and came out with Gurū Gobind Siṅgh unscathed. Mān Siṅgh constantly attended upon the Gurū thereafter until his death in a chance skirmish with Mughal troops near Chittoṛ during the Gurū's march to the Deccan along with Emperor Bahādur Shāh. A minor dispute between the foraging parties of the two camps had developed into a fierce encounter. Gurū Gobind Siṅgh sent Mān Siṅgh to the scene to intervene and settle the issue, but a chance bullet hit him and proved fatal. The exact place and date of the incident are not known. While Giānī Garjā Siṅgh, editor of Shahīd Bilās quoting Bhaṭṭ Vahīs, places the event in Chittoṛ in Rājasthān (3 April 1708), Kavī Saināpati, a contemporary of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh, in his Srī Gur Sobhā records that the skirmish took place near the River Narbadā (Narmadā), which was crossed a few weeks after the date mentioned in the former work. The Nihaṅg Sikhs trace the origin of their order from Bhāī Mān Siṅgh.


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  3. Giān Siṅgh, Giānī, Twārīkh Gurū Khālsā [Reprint]. Patiala, 1970
  4. Macauliffe, Max Arthur, The Sikh Religion. Oxford, 1909

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