Sant Jaimal Singh Bhurivale

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SANT JAIMAL SINGH BHURFVALE (d. 1976), known for his austere living and dedication to sevd or holy service, was the son of Bhai Sher Singh, a shopkeeper of Chakval, a lahsil town in Jhelum district of the Punjab, now in Pakistan.

Born in the early years of the twentieth century, Jaimal Singh came under the influence of Sant Gopal Singh of Chakval who taught him to read Gurmukhi and the sacred texts. As he came of age, he left his native place and came to live at Amritsar sometime during 1930 - 31. He lived in a small hut near Gurdwara Ramsar, and worked as a porter.

Shifting to the derd of Giani Amir Singh, he resumed the study of the Sikh lore. Wearing sack cloth he would spend his spare time at Harimandar Sahib, the Golden Temple, worshipping and sweeping the parikarma floor or the circum - ambulatory terrace around the sacred pool. His humility and dedication won him wide esteem, and he came to be known as Sant Bhurivale, bhun in Punjabi meaning sack cloth or an old, worn out blanket.

His participation in karseva for the widening of the Golden Temple parikrama in the 1940`s when he was given charge of its southern flank brought him further repute. He took up other works of karseva, including those at:

Sant Jaimal Singh died in Amritsar in October 1976.