Ishar Singh Granthi, Bhai
One of the Nankana Sahib Martyrs (1881-1921)
Was born at Bahoru village in Amritsar district in 1881, the son of Bhai Atar 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, Tarn Taran, and spent four years there studying Sikh history and philosophy, besides practising kirtan. In 1915 he joined the Khalsa school at Jhabal in Amritsar district as a Punjabi teacher. Ishar Singh returned to his native place to become the custodian of the village gurdwara.
When Bhai Lachhman Singh gave the call for the liberation of Gurdwara Janam Asthan at Nankana Sahib, he joined his jatha and fell a martyr in the shower of bullets rained upon it by the local keeper of the shrine and his men on the morning of 20 February 1921.