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Granthi Ishar Singh

Granthi Ishar Singh (1881 - 1921), one of the Nankana Sahib martyrs, was born at Bahoru village in Amritsar district in 1881, the son of Bhai Alar Singh and Mai Nihal Kaur. His schooling was interrupted owing to his father's death. But the desire to learn was so strong in him that at the age of 26, he joined the Khalsa Pracharak Vidyala, at Tarn Taran, where he spent four years studying Sikh history and philosophy, besides practising kirtan.

In 1915 he joined the Khalsa school at Jhabal in Amritsar district as a teacher of Punjabi, Ishar Singh later returned to his native village to become the custodian of the village gurudwara. When Bhai Lachhman Singh gave the call for the liberation of Gurdwara Janam Asthan at Nankana Sahib, he joined his jathd and fell a martyr in the shower of bullets rained upon them by the local keeper of the shrine and his men on the morning of 20 February 1921.

Reference: Shamsher, Gurbakhsh Singh, Shahidi Jivan. Nankana Sahib, 1938.

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