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Akali Baba Surjeet Singh Ji

Baba Surjeet Singh Ji was a prominent figure in the Budha Dal and served as its 14th Jathedar. They were born on June 7, 1945, in Murar, Amritsar.

Before joining the Budha Dal, Baba Surjeet Singh Ji served in the armed forces of the Punjab police from 1964 to 1969. After leaving the armed forces, they spent three months serving the Sangat in Anandpur Sahib before returning home.

In 1970, Baba Surjeet Singh Ji officially joined the Budha Dal and received a horse and weapons from the 12th Jathedar, Akali Baba Chet Singh Ji. They were initiated into the Khalsa Panth in 1972 by receiving Amrit or Khande-ka-pahul from the Budha Dal.

Baba Surjeet Singh Ji took up the duty of Ghoreyaan di seva, which involved selflessly serving and caring for the sacred horses of Guru Sahib. Guru Gobind Singh Ji emphasized the importance of this seva in Dasam Sri Guru Granth Sahib and stated that one year of serving the horses is equivalent to twelve years of any other seva.

After this seva, Baba Surjeet Singh Ji participated in the Kar Seva (voluntary service) of Sachkhand Sri Harimandar Sahib for two years from 1973 to 1975.

Baba Surjeet Singh Ji maintained a rigorous daily routine, waking up at midnight for Amritvela, followed by Ishnan (ritualistic bath) and reciting Nitnem. They dedicated their day to selfless service (seva) of the Sangat and had immense love and devotion for the people they served.

Later, Baba Surjeet Singh Ji was assigned the duty of a Nagarchi Singh by Jathedar Akali Baba Chet Singh Ji. They wholeheartedly carried out their responsibilities as a Nagarchi Singh and continued their devotion towards Akaal Purakh.

Due to their dedication and years of service, Baba Surjeet Singh Ji was bestowed with the title of Mahakal Singh by Jathedar Akali Baba Chet Singh Ji.

After Jathedar Akali Baba Chet Singh Ji passed away, Baba Surjeet Singh Ji served under the leadership of Jathedar Baba Santa Singh Ji, the 13th Jathedar of the Budha Dal. Jathedar Baba Santa Singh Ji entrusted Baba Surjeet Singh Ji with important tasks and duties. Baba Surjeet Singh Ji continued to serve the Budha Dal and the Sangat wholeheartedly, following the hukam (command) of Jathedar Baba Santa Singh Ji.

Recognizing the exceptional qualities of Baba Surjeet Singh Ji, Jathedar Baba Santa Singh Ji appointed them as the second in command and put them in charge of the Chakarvarti Dal, the moving Battalion of the Budha Dal. This battalion included Guru's horses and Singhs (Sikh warriors), and they traveled to various villages, performing Akhand Paths (continuous recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib) and conducting Amrit Sanchars (initiation ceremonies).

The Chakarvarti Dal follows strict discipline, emphasizing physical cleanliness (bibek) in terms of cooking food on firewood, using sarbloh (iron) utensils, and using well-drawn water or water from rivers instead of pumps or taps. They adhere to the tradition set by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, which states that the Chakarvarti Dal should not stay in one place for more than three days.

Even during the turbulent times in Punjab during the 1980s, when Sikhs

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