Akali Kaur Singh

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Akali Kaur Singh


Akali Kaur Singh was born in 1890, in a small village Padder-Chakar, in the valley of Kashmir. His father Mohan Singh and mother, Karam Kaur were generous persons. One of his ancestors Amolak Singh received Amrit (initiation) at the hands of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib at the age of 8. Since then the family has remained devout Sikhs.


Akali Kaur Singh contributed several books about Sikhs religion. Sri Guru Shabad Rattan Parkash (1923) is his magnum opus. Besides this great work, he has contributed the following books to Sikh studies: Tatkara Varan Bhai Gurdas (1929), Istri Sankat Mochan (1925) and six more books. He also wrote articles, 18 published and 13 unpublished. Though Akali Kaur Singh, was a writer of Punjabi language, yet he was also well versed in English and Urdu. Akali Kaur Singh was also the founder of Guru Nanak Ashram and Boarding House. This institute was the premier educational institute of the Kashmiri Sikhs up to 1947. Famous Sikh elite, Bhai Vir Singh, Ishar Singh Majhail were among those who visited the Ashram and delivered lectures. Akali Kaur Singh also published a newspaper "Kashmir Sikh Samachar" which continued up to 1947.


Akali Kaur Singh influenced religious, political, social and economic aspects of the Kashmiri Sikhs. He is known as a veritable gem among the Kashmiri Sikhs. He died in 1953.