HIMMAT SINGH, BHAI (1661-1705) was one of the Panj Piare, or the Five Beloved,
celebrated in Sikh history, was born in 1661 at Jagannath in a low caste
family of water suppliers. He came to Anandpur at the young age of 17,
and attached himself to the service of Guru Gobind Singh. Bhai Himmat,
as he was called before his initiation, was one of the five Sikhs who
one by one offered to lay down their heads in response to the Guru's successive
calls made at an assembly of the Sikhs especially summoned on the occasion
of Baisakhi of 1756 Bk corresponding to 30 March 1699. He along with the
other four received the vows of the Khalsa at Guru Gobind Singh's hands
and was renamed Himmat Singh. Himmat Singh proved a brave warrior and
while at Anandpur, he took part in battles with the surrounding hill chiefs
and imperial commanders.
He attained martyrdom fighting in the battle of Chamkaur on 7 December 1705.
Excerpts taken from Encyclopedia of Sikhism
by Harbans Singh .
Published by Punjabi University, Patiala