ROSHAN SIṄGH, Sikh warrior in attendance upon Gurū Gobind Siṅgh, who once killed a lion single handed. During their journey to the Deccan in 1708, records Kuir Siṅgh, Gurbilās Pātshāhī 10, Gurū Gobind Siṅgh and Emperor Bahādur Shāh were out together on an hunting excursion when they suddenly found themselves face to face with a lion. Bahādur Shāh dared his men to kill the beast without the use of a firearm or bow and arrow. Two of his soldiers tried one after the other, but were killed by the lion. Then Roshan Siṅgh from among Gurū Gobind Siṅgh's followers came forward holding a sword and a shield of animal hide. As the lion came charging at him, Roshan Siṅgh, says Kuir Siṅgh, knelt down and took the animal's paws on his shield, slashing its belly with a swift stroke of his sword. Everyone applauded Roshan Siṅgh's feat. The Gurū rewarded him with his blessing, for he would not accept any worldly prize.


  1. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-35
  2. Kuir Singh, Gurbilās Pātshāhī l0, ed. Shamsher Siṅgh Ashok. Patiala, 1968

Major Gurmukh Siṅgh (Retd.)