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Mahinga Singh, Bhai

One of the Nankana Sahib Martyrs. (D. 1921)


Was born in a potter's family of Lahuke in Amritsar district. He along with his parents, Bhai Jhanda Singh and Mai Bhago, migrated to Chakk No. 75 Lahuke in Lyallpur district when that area was colonized during the 1890's. He knew Urdu and Punjabi; he also learnt some Mahajani (a script used traditionally by commercial classes) and became a postman. Later, he set up himself as a commission agent. In company with his friend Bhai Narain Singh, a pious Sikh, he had himself registered as a volunteer in the Gurdwara Reform movement. A week before the Nankana happening, he donated his house to the village gurdwara and joined the jatha of Bhai Ishar Singh Dharovali. All in the jatha were killed as they were trying to enter Gurdwara Janam Asthan the following morning on 20 February 1921.

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