PARCHĪ BHĀĪ KANHAIYĀ, i.e. parchī (from Sanskrit prichaya or introduction here used in the sense of a life or biography) of Bhāī Kanhaiyā, a Sikh of the time of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh (1666-1708) and founder of the Sevāpanthī sect. Written in Bhākhā sometimes between 1728 and 1740 when its author Bhāī Sahaj Rām happened to be staying with Bhāī Aḍḍan Shāh, another leading Sevāpanthī saint, the work was edited by Bhāī Hīrā Siṅgh Mahant and published in1966 by the Sevāpanthī Aḍḍan Shāhī Sabhā, Paṭiālā. The book comprises in all twenty sākhīs, i.e. stories or anecdotes, relating to the life of Bhāī Kanhaiyā. The book lays more stress on the spiritual aspect of the saint's personality than on biographical detail. Only such incidents and happenings from his life are related as highlight his spiritual attainment and philanthropic activities. Following generally the style of the Janam Sākhīs of Gurū Nānak, the book is perhaps the first one conceived as a biography of a Sikh saint.


    Gurmukh Siṅgh, Sevāpanthīāṅ dī Pañjābī Sāhit nūṅ Deṇ. Patiala,1986

Gurmukh Siṅgh