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Santa Singh, Bhai

One of the Martyrs of Nankana Sahib (1886-1921)


Came of a poor barber family of Fatehgarh Sukkarchakkian, a village near Amritsar. His father Bhai Mohra however had become through thrift and hard work a small shopkeeper and money-lender. Santa Singh learnt Gurmukhi from the village granthi, Bhai Tek Singh, and could read the Holy Book fluently. He was initiated a Singh at the age of 17. He commanded respect for his upright conduct, religious devotion and tuneful recital of the heroic deeds of Sikh martyrs. As the movement for Gurdwara Reform got under way, he joined the Akali ranks. On 19 February 1921, he fell in with Bhai Lachhman Singh Dharovali's squad and met with a violent death on 20 February 1921 singing holy hymns with other Sikhs.

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