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Hira Singh, Sant
Head Priest of Takht Sachkhand Sri Hazur (d. 1949)

Head priest of Takht Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib Abchal Nagar, Nanded, in Maharashtra, was born the son of Bhai Karam Singh of Sehna, in Sangrur district of the Punjab. He received his early education and religious instruction in his village and this allowed him to read the Guru Granth Sahib felicitously. As he grew up, he went to Nanded and settled there for good, serving at the Takht Sahib as a scripture-reader. He was appointed head priest on 24 October 1918 and continued in the position until relieved at his own request in 1944. But he was reappointed after a short break and remained head priest until his death in 1949.

Sant Hira Singh, during his tenure in the high office, scrupulously guarded the sanctity of the sacred shrines and the interest of the Sikhs of Nanded. He was widely known for his pious character and for his knowledge of the Sikh sacred lore.

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