SAID KHĀN, a Mughal general, came in February 1703 at the head of a large army to invade Anandpur and force Gurū Gobind Siṅgh into submission. Gurū Gobind Siṅgh, who, according to Gur Ratan Māl (Sau Sākhī), had only 500 warriors with him at the time, came out of the town to face the attack. A severe battle followed in which Maimūn Khān with his contingent of 100 Muslim retainers and Said Beg, a former general of the Mughals who had changed sides some time earlier, fought on the Gurū's side with conspicuous courage. While the battle was raging, Gurū Gobind Siṅgh, riding his famous charger, made a dash through the ranks and reached where Said Khān was and challenged him. Said Khān had heard many marvellous stories about the Gurū's spiritual power and had secretly cherished in his heart a wish to meet him in person. Now that he was face to face with him, Said Khān was so much impressed by the Gurū's presence that all intent of war vanished from his heart. Dismounting his horse, he touched the Gurū's stirrup to do homage to him. Gurū Gobind Siṅgh blessed him and he quietly left the field. He became a recluse and spent the rest of his life in prayer.


  1. Macauliffe, Max Arthur, The Sikh Religion. Oxford, 1909
  2. Santokh Siṅgh, Bhāī, Srī Gur Pratāp Sūraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-35
  3. Giān Siṅgh, Giānī, Twārīkh Gurū Khālsā [Reprint]. Patiala, 1970
  4. Nayyar, G.S., ed., Sau Sākhī. Patiala, 1985

Piārā Siṅgh Padam