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Akali Baba Binod Singh Ji

Jathedar Akali Baba Binod Singh Ji

Jathedar Akali Baba Binod Singh Ji was a direct descendant of the second Sikh Guru, Akali Guru Angad Dev Ji Maharaj. He held the esteemed position of the first Jathedar of the Shiromani Panth Akali Budha Dal and was a trusted companion of the tenth Guru, Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Akali. Baba Ji accompanied Kalgidhar Patshah to Nanded in 1708.

The lineage of Akali Baba Binod Singh Ji is recorded as follows:

Dohra: Sri Guru Angad Dev (the Second Sikh Guru) and Sri Guru Amar Das (the third Sikh Guru), Belonged to the Trehan and Bhalla sub-castes of (Sareen) Kshtriyas.

Their descendants Baba Binod Singh and Kahan Singh received Khande-ki-Pahul, And became members of the Khalsa Panth as initiated Singhs.

(Episode 74, Prachin Panth Parkash, Vol I, translated by Prof. Kulwant Singh)

Jathedar Akali Baba Binod Singh Ji was also one of the five Singhs who accompanied Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur to eliminate Malesh Wazir Khan, who was responsible for the tragic demise of the younger Sahibzadeh, Sahibzada Akali Baba Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Akali Baba Fateh Singh Ji.

As written in the Prachin Panth Parkash:

Accepting Banda Singh’s plea, the Guru sent Majhail Singhs with him, Prominent among them being Baba Binod Singh and Baba Kahan Singh (Baba Binod Singh Ji’s brother).

(Episode 29, Prachin Panth Parkash, Vol I, translated by Prof. Kulwant Singh)

During the Battle of Sirhind in May 1710, Baba Ji commanded the left wing of the Khalsa Fauj. He subsequently participated in several other battles, including those at Tarori in Amin, Karnal, Thanesar, and Shahabad. It was during the battle at Tarori in 1716 that Jathedar Akali Baba Binod Singh Ji attained Shaheedi.

Akali Baba Binod Singh Ji played a pivotal role in leading the Khalsa Panth during challenging times. Following the physical departure of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj, anti-Sikh forces sought to annihilate the remaining Khalsa. However, with the Guru's grace, the Khalsa remained resilient and successfully repelled attacks from various adversaries. After Akali Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur Amar Shaheed incapacitated Mughal rule in Punjab, the Islamist empire and Hill Kings of Himachal Pradesh conspired for years to regain control and stability. In this period of transition, the strong leadership of Akali Baba Binod Singh Ji was instrumental in ensuring the survival of the Khalsa Fauj. Historical records about Baba Binod Singh Ji are scarce, likely due to the attention of Mughal spies and scribes being primarily focused on Akali Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur. However, the Guru had specifically sent Akali Baba Binod Singh Ji to advise and serve as the General of the Budha Dal alongside Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur. Therefore, the tactical knowledge possessed by Akali Baba Binod Singh Ji played a significant role in the success of Baba Banda Singh Ji.

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