Later, they were split into five parts, each comprising one hundred stories whence the title "Sau Sakhi" or A Hundred Stories gained currency.These five sections were distributed among Bhai Sahib Singh, the scribe, Kabull Mall, Multani Sura, Ratia, and Surat Singh of Agra. Giani Gian Singh, author of the Panth Prakash, is said to have seen two manuscripts of this workâ€”one with a mahant (priest) of Name da Kot and another with Shiv Ram Khatri of Agra.
Bhai Kahn Singh of Nabha also seems to have had access to a manuscript copy. None of these manuscripts, much less an authentic printed version, is however available today. The authors of the Gurbilas and Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth seem to have drawn upon these anecdotes which are more legendary than historical in character.
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2. Gurmukh Singh, Sevapanthian di Punjabi Sahit nun Den. Patiala, 1986.
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