Baba Binod Singh
Akaali Baba Binod Singh Nihang(ਬਿਨੋਦ ਸਿੰਘ), descendant of Guru Angad, was an armymen and disciple of Guru Gobind Singh and was among few Sikhs who accompanied him to Nanded in 1708. In Budha Dal Chronicles, Guru Gobind Singh made Baba Binod Singh the head of the Khalsa Army and is designated as first Jathedar of Budha Dal. He was a Trehan Khatri.
The Hajuri Sahibzada of Guru Gobind Singh, who was sent to help Banda Bahadur in Punjab and fought many battles for Religion like a Warrior.
Alliance with Banda Bahadur
He was one of the five companions of Banda Bahadur (1670-1716) sent by the Guru in 1708 from Nanded to the Punjab to punish Wazir Khan, Nawab of Sirhind. Binod Singh was Banda Singh's ally in the campaign he launched upon arrival in the Punjab. Binod Singh commanded the left wing of Khalsa Army in the Battle of Sirhind fought in May 1710. After conquest of the province of Sirhind, the frontier district of Karnal, bordering on Delhi territory, was entrusted to Binod Singh. Soon thereafter, in October 1710, Binod Singh fought 4 battles at Tarori, second at Amin, 25 km north of Karnal, third at Thanesar, 8 km farther north, and the fourth at Shahabad, 22 km north of Thanesar.
Differences with Banda Bahadur
- Main article: Criticism_of_Banda_Singh_Bahadur#Criticism
Banda Bahadur declared himself as a Guru and started behaving like it. Binod Singh was upset with many aspects of his behavior especially when he started disobeying orders of Guru Gobind Singh. On Hukamnama by Mata Sundri, Binod Singh left Banda Bahadur with other Nihangs and declared themselves as Tatt Khalsa and followers of Banda were called Bandai Khalsa. After Binod Singh and other Nihangs left, Banda Bahadur was captured and prosecuted in Delhi.
Binod Singh came to Goindwal after dispute with Banda Bahadur at Gurdas Nanagal.
According to Khafi Khan, three to four thousand of his men were killed. Binod Singh is believed to have lost his life in this massacre, too. That was in 1716.
- ^ Buddha Dal Website
- ^ ਬਿਨੋਦ ਸਿੰਘ, Gur Shabad Ratnakar Mahankosh
- ^ sikh-history.com - Regarding differences of Banda Bahadur and Khalsa
|Baba Binod Singh||Followed by:|
Baba Darbara Singh
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