A Panthic Network - Khalsa Press Publication, ISSN: 1930-0107

PANTHIC.org


"ਲੱਗੀ ਧਮਕ ਸਾਰੇ ਹਿੰਦੁਸਤਾਨ ਅੰਦਰ, ਦਿੱਲੀ, ਆਗਰੇ, ਹਾਂਸੀ ਹਸਾਰ ਮੀਆਂ। ਬੀਕਾਨੇਰ, ਲਖਨਊ, ਅਜਮੇਰ, ਜੈਪੁਰ, ਪਈਆਂ ਭਾਜੜਾਂ ਜਮਨਾ ਤੋਂ ਪਾਰ ਮੀਆਂ। ਚੱਲੀ ਸਭ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੀ ਬਾਦਸ਼ਾਹੀ, ਨਹੀਂ ਦਲਾਂ ਦਾ ਅੰਤ ਸ਼ੁਮਾਰ ਮੀਆਂ। ਸ਼ਾਹ ਮੁਹੰਮਦਾ ਕਿਸੇ ਨਾ ਅਟਕਣਾ ਈਂ, ਸਿੰਘ ਰਹਿਣਗੇ ਦਿੱਲੀ ਨੂੰ ਮਾਰ ਮੀਆਂ।(੬੩)"
- Shah Mohammed (Jangnama)

Giani Gian Singh : Poet, Historian

Source: Harbans Singh, The Encyclopedia of Sikhism


'Panth Prakash' author Giani Gian Singh

Giani Gian Singh (1822-1921), poet and historian, was born on April 15th, 1822, at Laungoval, a village in present-day Sangrur district of the Punjab. Gian Singh claimed descent from the brother of Bhai Mani Singh Shahid, Nagahla Singh. His father's name was Bhag Singh and mother's Desan. He learnt Gurmukhi in his village from Bhai Bhola Singh and Sanskrit from Pandit Atma Ram. He was gifted with a melodious voice and recitation of Gurbani earned him popularity in the village. At the age of twelve, he was taken to Lahore by his maternal uncle, Karam Singh, who was a Subahdar in the army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Dhanna Singh Malvai introduced him to the Maharaja who employed him to recite the Sukhmani to him every morning. At Lahore Gian Singh was able to continue his studies under the guidance of Giani Ram Singh. After the death of his patron, he returned to his village and received appointment in the revenue office in Patiala state in place of his uncle, Hari Singh, who had died childless in 1841 fighting in Maharaja Karam Singh's army. During the first Anglo-Sikh war, when Patiala was an ally of the British, Gian Singh was sent to Mudki where he was assigned to distributing mail. In 1849, as Patiala troops were engaged in an anti-rebel operations in aid of Jind state, Giani Gian Singh who was among them was seriously wounded in the leg and had to quit service.

His true calling in life began when he resigned his position as a granted in Patiala and set out on an extensive peregrination across India visiting places of pilgrimage, especially those commemorating events in Sikh history. Returning to the Punjab owing to the upheaval of 1857, he came in touch with Pandit Tara Singh Narotam, a renowned scholar of the Nirmala school, whom he acknowledges in his writings as his literary mentor. He helped Tara Singh in preparing his lexicon of the Guru Granth Sahib, Guru Granth Girarath Kos, by sending to him in Patiala notes he took of the religious discourses of Giani Chanda Singh Surama, the blind, another celebrated scholar of the day, whose seat was in Amritsar. Giam Gian Singh was launched on his own distinguished career as a writer with the publication in 1880 of his Panth Prakash, a history of the Sikhs in Braj verse.

He now planned another ambitious work, the Twarikh Guru Khalsa, which was to be published in five parts. The first three parts were lithographed in 1892 by Baba Rajinder Singh, proprietor Guru Gobind Siligh Press, Sialkot. Urdu editions of these three volumes entitled Twarikh Guru Khalsa, Shamsher Khalsa and Raj Khalsa, respectively, were also published. Suffering a prolonged illness in Amritsar, Giani Gian Singh transferred his unpublished manuscripts as well as his rights in published books to the Khalsa Tract Society for a subsistence allowance of Rs 12 per month. He survived his illness, and returned to Patiala where he received ready patronage of the ruling family. He solemnized the first wedding of the young Maharaja Bhupinder Singh on 9 March 1908.

Giani Gian Singh remained celibate. He adopted Giani Hamir Singh, the son of his niece, Pradhan Kaur, as his heir. In 1916 he drew up a new will in which he nominated a committee to arrange the publication of his works. The members of the committee were Bhai Sahib Bhai Arjan Singh of Bagarian, Sardar Bahadar General Gurnam Singh, Bhai Kahn Singh and Sardar Gajjan Singh of Ludhiana. On 15 August 1916, the Maharaja of Patiala approved the constitution of a History Society, with Hamir Singh as its secretary, for the publication of historical works by Giani Gian Singh and others.

He also sanctioned a grant of Rs 135,000 for the Society and authorized the publication through the state press. But a dispute which arose between the states of Patiala and Nabha hampered the work of the committee. Gian Singh hilnself became a pawn in this feud. He was a native of Patiala state and had stayed for long periods at Patiala, but the ruler of Nabha, Maharaja Ripudaman Singh, considered him a relation, the Maharaja's mother being a daughter of his village, Laungoval. Both the states thus claimed him. one night he was whisked away in a car from Patiala to Nabha. He died there on September 24th, 1921.

The Panth Prakash and Twarikh Guru Khalsa are the most important but not the only works of Giani Gian Singh. His other books are: Suraj Prakash Vartak, an abridged version in prose of Bhai Santokh Singh's Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth; Ramayan Bhai Mani Singh Ji Di; Twarikh Amritsar (Urdu); Twarikh Lahore (Urdu) ; Patit Pavan; Gurdham Sangrah; Bhupendranand; Itihas Bagarian and Ripudaman Prakash.


Comments

 

Disclaimer: Panthic.org does not necessarily endorse the views and opinions voiced in the feedback from our readers, and cannot be held responsible for their views.

Background and Psyche of Anti-Sikh Events of 1984 & the RSS : Video Interview with Bhai Ratinder Singh

Akaal Channel's interview with Panthic.org Senior Editor Bhai Ratinder Singh regarding anti-Sikh events in 1983, and 1984 in Indore Madhya Pardes and the RSS Psyche
Read Full Article


RECENT ARTICLE & FEATURES

ਗੁਰੀਲਾ ਯੁੱਧਨੀਤੀ ਦੇ ਮਹਾਨਾਇਕ ਸ਼ਹੀਦ ਭਾਈ ਸੁਖਦੇਵ ਸਿੰਘ ਬੱਬਰ ਦੇ ੨੫ਵੇਂ ਸ਼ਹੀਦੀ ਦਿਹਾੜੇ 'ਤੇ ਕਰਨਯੋਗ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ ਉਪਰਾਲੇ

 

ਬਾਣੀ ਬਾਣੇ ਦੇ ਪੂਰੇ ਭਜਨੀਕ ਸੂਰਮੇ ਜਥੇਦਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਸ਼ਹੀਦ ਭਾਈ ਸੁਖਦੇਵ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ ਬੱਬਰ ਜਿੰਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਸਿੱਖ ਸੰਘਰਸ਼ ਦੇ ਗੁਰੀਲਾ ਯੁੱਧ ਦਾ ਮਹਾਨਾਇਕ ਕਿਹਾ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ। ...

Read Full Article

ਪੰਜਾਬ ਅੰਦਰ ਸਿੱਖੀ ਤੋਂ ਟੁੱਟ ਚੁੱਕਾ ਹੈ ਬਹੁਗਿਣਤੀ ਸ਼ਿਕਲੀਗਰ ਭਾਈਚਾਰਾ

 

ਸੁਣੋ ਪੰਥ ਜੀ। ਪੰਜਾਬ ਅੰਦਰ ਸਿੱਖੀ ਤੋਂ ਟੁੱਟ ਚੁੱਕਾ ਹੈ ਬਹੁਗਿਣਤੀ ਸ਼ਿਕਲੀਗਰ ਭਾਈਚਾਰਾ ਬਹੁਗਿਣਤੀ ਧਰਮ ਪਰਿਵਰਤਨ ਕਰਕੇ ਬਣ ਚੁੱਕੀ ਹੈ ਨਿਰੰਕਾਰੀ,ਕੁਝ ਈਸਾਈ ਬਨਣ ਦੇ ਰਾਹ ਤੇ। ...

Read Full Article

ਸਿਕਲੀਗਰਾਂ ਦਾ ਪੰਥ ਪਿਆਰ ਤੋਂ ਲੈ ਕੇ ਜੇਲ ਕੋਠੜੀਆਂ ਤੱਕ ਦਾ ਸਫਰ

 

ਸਿਕਲੀਗਰਾਂ ਸਿੱਖ ਭਾਈਚਾਰੇ ਦੇ ਸੁਨਹਿਰੀ ਇਤਿਹਾਸ ਤੋਂ ਸਮੁੱਚਾ ਖਾਲਸਾ ਪੰਥ ਜਾਣੂ ਹੋ ਚੁੱਕਾ ਹੈ। ਪਿਛਲੇ ਕੁੱਝ ਸਾਲਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਇਹਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਜੀਵਨ ਸੰਬੰਧੀ ਬਹੁਤ ਕੁਝ ਮੀਡੀਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਾਂਝਾ ਹੋ ਚੁੱਕਾ ਹੈ। ਮੋਜੂਦਾ ਸਮੇਂ ਅੱਤ ਗਰੀਬੀ ਦੀ ਹਾਲਤ ਵਿੱਚ ਜੀਵਨ ਬਤੀਤ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਸਿਕਲੀਗਰਾਂ ਦੇ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ, ਸਮਾਜਿਕ ਅਤੇ ਆਰਥਿਕ ਸਥਿਤੀ ਨੂੰ ਹੋਰ ਉਚੇਰਾ ਚੁੱਕਣ ਦੀ ਮੁੰਹਿਮ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਭਰਵਾ ਹੁੰਗਾਰਾ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਹੈ। ...

Read Full Article

ਆਦਿਵਾਸੀ, ਮੂਲ ਨਿਵਾਸੀ ਅਤੇ ਸਿਕਲੀਗਰਾਂ ਦੀ ਭਲਾਈ ਲਈ ਗਲੋਬਲ, ਦਲਿਤ ਅਤੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਸੰਸਥਾਵਾਂ ! (Part2)

 

ਭਾਰਤ ਇਕ ਅਜਿਹਾ ਦੇਸ਼ ਹੈ ਜਿੱਥੇ ਅਜ਼ਾਦੀ ਤੋਂ ਜਲਦ ਬਾਅਦ ਹੀ ਆਦਿਵਾਸੀਆਂ , ਘੱਟ ਗਿਣਤੀ ਅਤੇ ਦਲਿਤ ਕੌਮਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਹਾਸ਼ੀਏ ਤੋਂ ਹੋਰ ਪਿਛਾਂਹ ਧੱਕਣ ਦੀ ਕੋਸ਼ਿਸ਼ ਲਗਾਤਾਰ ਜਾਰੀ ਹੈ । ਇਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਲਈ ਬਣਾਈਆਂ ਬਹੁਤ ਸਾਰੀਆਂ ਭਲਾਈ ਸਕੀਮਾਂ ਕੇਵਲ ਦਫ਼ਤਰੀ ਕਾਗਜ਼ਾਂ ਤੱਕ ਹੀ ਸੀਮਤ ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਇਹੋ ਕਾਰਨ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਰਿਕਾਰਡ ਜੋ ਨਤੀਜ਼ੇ ਦੱਸਦੇ ਹਨ ਉਹ ਨਤੀਜੇ ਸਮਾਜਿਕ ਪੱਧਰ 'ਤੇ ਨਜ਼ਰ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਉਂਦੇ । ...

Read Full Article

ਸਿਕਲੀਗਰ ! ਸਿੱਖ ਕੌਮ ਦਾ ਅਟੁੱਟ ਅੰਗ (Part1)

 

An in-depth analysis by Sardar Gurdarshan Singh Khalsa on the isolated Sikligar Sikh community, their unique background dating back to Guru Sahiban's period, and the current struggles they face across Hindu dominated India. ...

Read Full Article

ਬਚਿਤ੍ਰ ਨਾਟਕ

 

ਨਾਟਕ ਸਦਾ ਹੀ ਰਮਜ਼ ਵਾਲੀ ਘਟਨਾ ਹੁੰਦੀ ਹੈ। ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ ਨੇ ਬੇਅੰਤ ਨਾਟਕ ਦੇਖੇ। ਆਪ ਨੇ ਅਨੰਤ ਸਮੇਂ ਵਿਚ ਨਾਟਕ ਬ੍ਰਿਤਾਂਤ ਵੇਖੇ। ਆਪ ਨੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਹੋ-ਵਾਪਰ ਚੁੱਕੇ- ਬੇਅੰਤ ਯੁਗਾਂ ਦੇ ਨਾਟਕ ਦੇਖੇ ਅਤੇ ਅੱਗੋਂ ਆਉਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਵੀ ਕਈ ਨਾਟਕ ਵੇਖੇ। ਆਪ ਨੇ ਆਤਮ-ਕਥਾ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਨਾਟਕ ਦੇ ਰੂਪ ਵਿਚ ਹੀ ਵੇਖਿਆ। ਪਰ ਇਸ ਸਭ ਕੁਝ ਨੂੰ ਆਪ ਨੇ ਬਚਿੱਤ੍ਰ ਨਾਟਕ ਮੰਨਿਆ ਤੇ ਵੇਖਿਆ। ਆਪ ਨੇ ਜੀਵਨ-ਸਾਰ ਨੂੰ 'ਬਚਿੱਤ੍ਰ-ਨਾਟਕ' ਦਾ ਨਾਮ ਦਿੱਤਾ।...

Read Full Article

Amrit-Sanchar Maryada Violation: Worldwide Condemnation and Boycott of the Ragi Darshan Lobby

 

Representatives of Sikh organizations across North America and Europe strongly condemned the blasphemous acts committed by the followers of excommunicated heretic Ragi Darshan Sinh at the Gurdwara Sikh Sangat of Virginia who altered the sacred 'Khanday-ki-Pahul' ceremony and Ardaas. ...

Read Full Article

Two Sikhs Killed by Punjab Police - Scores of Protesters Brutally Attacked and Detained

 

At least two Sikhs were were killed and scores injured on Wednesday in bloody clashes between Sikhs protesting against the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji and police near Kotkapura town in Punjab’s Faridkot district....

Read Full Article

Sikh Leaders Reject Treacherous 'Pardon' of Sirsa Cultist - Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh Warns Gurbachan Singh

 

The Sikh community expressed their displeasure over the pardoning of Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh by Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikh religion, calling the move 'politically motivated' as well as a “betrayal with Sikh community”....

Read Full Article