Dhan Guroo Dhan Guroo Pyarai.
DHARAM SINGH, BHAI (1666-1708),was one of the Panj Piare or the Five Beloved,
the forerunners of Khalsa, came of farming stock. He was the son of Bhai Sant
Ram and Mai Sabho, of Hastinapur, an ancient town on the right bank of the
Ganges, 35 km northeast of Meerut (29 N, 77 - 45'E).
Dharam Das, as he was
originally named, was born around 1666. As a young man, he fell into the company
of a Sikh who introduced him to the teachings of the Gurus. He left home at the
age of thirty in quest of further instruction. At the Sikh shrine of Nanak Piao
, dedicated to Guru Nanak, he was advised to go to Guru Gobind Singh at
Anandpur, where he arrived in 1698. A few months later came the historic
Baisakhi congregation at which five Sikhs responding to five successive calls of
Guru Gobind Singh offered one after the other to lay down their heads Dharam Das
was one of those five. The Guru blessed them and called them Panj Piare, the
five beloved of him. They were anointed as the first five members of the
brotherhood of the Khalsa inaugurated on that day. Guru Gobind Singh then begged
them to administer to him the vows of initiation. Dharam Das, who, after
initiation, became Dharam Singh, took part in the battles of Anandpur. He was in
Guru Gobind Singh's train when Anandpur and thereafter Chamkaur were evacuated.
He accompanied Bhai Daya Singh to the South to deliver Guru Gobind Singh's
letter, the Zafarnama, to Emperor Aurangzab.
During the war of
succession following the death of Aurangzeb on 20 February 1707, Guru Gobind
Singh took the part of the rightful claimant to the imperial throne, Prince
Muazzam and sent for his help Bhai Dharam Singh who with his small band of Sikhs
fought in the battle of jajau (8 june 1707). He accompanied Guru Gobind Singh to
Nanded and was with him at the time of his heavenly abode on 7 October 1708. A
Gurdwara there preserves the memory of jointly Bhai Dharam Singh and Bhai Daya
Excerpts taken from Encyclopedia of Sikhism
Published by Punjabi University, Patiala
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only language God knows."
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