NAVALA, BHAI, and his brother. Bhai Nihala, Sabharval Khatris of Palna, were devoted Sikhs respected widely for their truthful and hospitable nature. Once they called on Guru Hargobind and besought instruction. According to Bhai Mani Singh, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala, Guru Hargobind taught them always to remember God and serve others with humility.
Bhai Navala and Bhai Nihala were popular expounders of the sacred hymns as well as trained soldiers. They served in Guru Hargobind`s retinue. As records Bhai Santokh Singh, Sri Gur Pratdp Suraj Granth, Navala, in command of a platoon during the battle of Amritsar, was assigned to the task of evacuating the Guru`s family to Goindval via Jhabal. Nihala died in action the following day.
1. Mani Singh, Bhai, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala. Amritsar, 1955
2. Santokh Singh, Bhai, Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-35