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Bhai Himmat Singh

Bhai Himmat Singh (1661-1705) was one of the Panj Pyare, or the Five Beloved, celebrated in Sikh history. He was born in 1661 at Jagannath to a low caste family of water suppliers. He came to Anandpur at the young age of 17, and attached himself to the service of Guru Gobind Singh.

• Original Name: Himmat Chand Kahar
• Became Bhai Himmat Singh
• Born at Patiala, Punjab region, India in 1661
• Fathers name: Bhai Gulzaree Ji
• Mothers name: Mata Dhanoo Ji
• Akal Chalana: Attained Shayeedie at Chamkaur Sahib on 1705
• Born in 1661, Bhai Sahib ji was about 5 years older than Guru Gobind Singh (1666–1708)
• At the time of creation of the Khalsa, Bhai Sahib ji was 38 years old
• Died aged 44 fighting against the Mughals at the battle of Chamkaur
• Baba Himmat Singh Ji Hall/Bunga in Tarn Taran is where people celebrate the Birthday of Baba ji every year.

Bhai Himmat, as he was called before his initiation, was one of the five Sikhs who one by one offered to lay down their heads in response to the Guru's successive calls made at an assembly of the Sikhs especially summoned on the occasion of Baisakhi of 1756 Bk corresponding to 30 March 1699.

He along with the other four received the vows of the Khalsa at Guru Gobind Singh's hands and was renamed Himmat Singh. Himmat Singh proved a brave warrior and while at Anandpur, he took part in battles with the surrounding hill chiefs and imperial commanders.

Bhai Himmat Singh attained martyrdom fighting in the battle of Chamkaur on 7 December 1705.

Excerpts taken from Encyclopedia of Sikhism by Harbans Singh.

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