BHANU BHAI, a Bahil Khatri of Rajmahal in the present Santhal Parganah of Bihar, was a devout Sikh of the time of Guru Hargobind. According to Bhai Mani Singh, Sikhan di Bhagat Mala, Bhai Bhanu once asked Guru Hargobind, “0 true king! Different religious books prescribe different paths to be followed such as austerities, pilgrimages, sacrifices, fasting, rituals, knowledge and meditation. Which is the best way to attaining the goal?” The Guru replied, “Cultivate God`s Name with humility, and you will obtain liberation.”
Bhai Bhanu combined with his saintly genius a rare skill in arms. He was commander of the Sikh force in the battle of Amritsar against Mukhlis Khan in May 1629. He engaged Shamas Khan, leading the Mughal vanguard, in single combat, and felled him with a single blow. At this the enemy charged at him from all sides. Bhai Bhanu fought back heroically and met a martyr`s death.
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