PAUṚĪĀṄ GURŪ GOBIṄD SIṄGH KĪĀṄ is a poetic composition in Punjabi, in praise of Gurū Gobind Singh with a brief description of the battle of Bhaṅgāṇī (1688). pauṛī is the name given to each stanza of a vār (ballad), pauṛīāṅ being the plural form. The text totally consists of eight stanzas. It is jointly composed by Mīr Mushkī and Mīr Chhabīlā, two ḍhāḍīs or bards in attendance on Gurū Gobind Siṅgh. Both of them are said to be descendants of Mīr 'Abdullā and Mīr Natthā, famous ḍhaḍis of Gurū Hargobind's time.

         The first pauṛī is in praise of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh. The poems present the Gurū as an incarnation of God. The second pauṛī gives details of Gurū Gobind Siṅgh's preparations for the battle of Bhaṅgaṇī, with rather fanciful elaboration. The remaining stanzas depict the scene of battle and the heroic part played by the Gurū who eventually comes out victorious.

         The first five stanzas, in the form of pauṛīs, are in old Punjabi. The last three are in literary Brāj Bhāṣā. It appears that the former pauṛīs by Mīr Chhabīlā, whose name appears in the last line of the third pauṛī, and the Brāj portion may be by Mīr Mushkī whose name appears in one of the later stanzas.,


  1. Ashok, Shamsher Siṅgh, Sikkhī te Sikh Itihas. Ludhiana, 1951
  2. Pañjābī Vīr Paramparā. Patiala,1971

Shamsher Siṅgh Ashok