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Varyam Singh, Bhai
One of the Nankana Sahib Martyrs (1884-1921)


Was born on 28 March 1884, the son of Bhai Balaka Singh and Mai Nand Kaur of Maryala Chatthian in Gujranwala district (now in Pakistan). The family later shifted to Chakk No. 39 Vanotianvali in Sheikhupura district. Varyam Singh, a straight forward and hardworking farmer, received the rites of amrit at the hands of Bhai Mul Singh of Garmula in 1903. The Dharovali conference (1-3 October 1920) marked the beginning of his career as an Akali. From that conference he went to Sialkot for the liberation of Gurdwara Babe di Ber (5 October 1920). On 19 February 1921, he accompanied Bhai Lachhman Singh Dharovali's band of volunteers to Nankana Sahib where the entire jath5 was massacred on 20 February 1921 by the hired assassins of Mahant Narain Das, the Udasi custodian of Gurdwara Janam Asthan.

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