Buddh Singh, Bhai
A Martyr of The Nankana Sahib Massacre (1903-1921)
Son of Bhai Surjan Singh and MW Ganga Kaur was born on 4 January 1903 at village Kartarpur in Sialkot district. The family descended on the paternal side from Bhai Alam Singh Nachana, a prominent Sikh in Guru Gobind Singh’s retinue.
Young Buddh Singh shared his elders’ religious fervour and also received formal education up to the middle school standard. At the age of 15, he accompanied his parents on a pilgrimage to Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded, where he received the vows of the Khalsa and donned a Nihang’s uniform.
He organized a kirtani jatha (choir) and began preaching the Guru’s teachings. On 18 February 1921, Buddh Singh went to Chakk No. 13 Nanakpura, district Sheikhupura, where lived his mother’s sister with her husband and their infant son.
On 19 February 1921 the entire family including Buddh Singh went to Nankana Sahib to offer homage and thanks-giving at different shrines in the town. They spent the night at Gurdwara Patshahi Chhevin. Early in the next morning, Buddh Singh went out for a walk along the railway line and ran into the jatha of Bhai Lachhman Singh Dharovali bound for Gurdwara Janam Asthan.
Bhai Buddh Singh joined the jatha which was showered with bullets as they reached the shrine. Buddh Singh fell a martyr along with others.