AKAL BUNGA, lit. the abode of the Timeless One, is the building that houses the Akal Takht in the precincts of the Darbar Sahib at Amritsar. The term is also used sometimes synonymously with Akal Takht. Strictly speaking, while Akal Takht is the institution possessing and exercising
ATAR SINGH ATARIVALA (d. 1897), son of Chatar Singh Atarivala, governor of Hazara. He joined his father during the latter`s re volt against the British in 1848-49 and was, after the annexation of the Punjab, confined within the limits of his village, along with his father and brother, Raja
BHURIA, BHAI, a resident of Chunian now in Pakistan, was a pious Sikh contemporary of Guru Arjan (1563-1606). As the Guru was once touring the Nakka country, southwest of Lahore, succouring people then living through a severe famine, he according to Giani Gian Singh, Twarikh Guru Khalsa, came to
SHAHZADA, son of Bhai Mardana, Guru Nanak`s favourite minstrel and companion. Like his father, Shahzada was a devotee of the Guru and an accomplished musician. After the death of Mardana, he remained in attendance upon Guru Nanak at Kartarpur and continued to perform kirtan or hymn singing to the
BULA, BHAI, mentioned by Bhai Gurdas, Varan, XI. 15, as one of the devoted Sikhs of the time of Guru Arigad. See DlPA, BHAI
SHIHAN, recorded in a Sikh chronicle as the birthplace of Akali Phula Singh, celebrated warrior of Sikh times, was village 10 km from Lahira (29forming a big shallow lake. The mound lies in the revenue limits of Dehia village, whose sangat has now established a gurdwara near the mound,
CHAIYA, BHAI, son of Bulaki, who held charge of Dhaka as a masand, i.e. to the collector, was appointed to that office in Bihar province by Guru Tegh Bahadur. In the time of Guru Gobind Singh, he was found guilty of misappropriating devotees` offerings and suffered punishment.
THAKAR SINGH ATARTVALA (d. 1842) was the eldest son of Sham Singh Atarivala, the celebrated general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. During the expeditions against Bannu and Peshawar in the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, he served as a commandant of artillery. He died in 1842 during the lifetime of
DALPATI, son of Bhim of the village of Maur in district Bathinda of the Punjab, served Guru Gobind Singh at Damdama Sahib (Talvandi Sabo) with a potful of curds and won his approbation. According to Sakhi Pothi, Guru Gobind Singh bestowed a robe of honour on him.
TOKA SAHIB, GURDWARA, established in honour of Guru Gobind Singh, who stayed here for a few days in 1688, is on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. The Gurdwara is in Sirmur district of Himachal Pradesh, but the nearest village Tota, about one kilometre to the southeast, is in
DAYA KAUR, MATA, mother of Guru Angad Dev, was born and brought up at Matte di Sarai, a village now called Sarai Nanga, 15 km northeast of Muktsar in present day Faridkot district of the Punjab. Two other names given her by chroniclers are Sabhrai and Ramo. See PHERU
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