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Jathedar means "leader" and refers to a leader of a jatha (a group, a community or a nation). Among the Sikhs, a Jathedar is an ordained leader of the clergy and leads a Takht, a sacred and authoritative seat.

Sikh clergy consists of five Jathedars, one each from five takhts or sacred seats. The Jathedars are appointed by SGPC, an elected body of the Sikhs sometimes called "Parliament of Sikhs." The highest seat of the Sikh religion is the Akal Takht. The Jathedar of Akal Takht makes all the important decisions after consultations with the other four Jathedars of the takhts and SGPC.

Jathedars of Akal Takht Sahib of 1920[edit]

  • Jathedar Teja Singh Ji Bhuchar (1920–1921), before him was Jathedar Arur Singh Naushshera (1907-1920), resigned in 1920.
  • Jathedar Teja Singh Ji Akerpuri (1921–1923) & (1926–1930)
  • Jathedar Udham Singh Ji Nagoki (1923–1924)
  • Jathedar Bhai Acchar Singh Ji (1924–1925)
  • Jathedar Didar Singh Ji (about a month in 1926)
  • Jathedar Jawaher Singh Ji (very short period in 1926)
  • Jathedar Giani Gurmukh Singh Ji Musaffer (1930-1931)
  • Jathedar Mohan singh Ji Nagoki (1931-1938)
  • Jathedar Giani Partap Singh Ji (1938-1984)
  • Jathedar Bhai Sadhu Singh Ji Bhaura (1948-1963)
  • Jathedar Gurdial Singh Ji Ajnoha (1980-1983)
  • Jathedar Bhai Kirpal Singh Ji (1963-1965) & (1983-1986)
  • Jathedar Prof. Darshan Singh Ji (1986)
  • Jathedar Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji Rodae (1986)
  • Jathedar Bhai Gurdev Singh Ji Kaunke (1986-1993)
  • Jathedar Prof. Manjit Singh Ji
  • Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh Ji
  • Jathedar Giani Puran singh Ji
  • Jathedar Joginder Singh Ji Vadanti
  • Giani Gurbachan Singh


Jathedars of TST[edit]

  • Jathedar Singh Sahib Shaheed Bhai Anmol Singh Ji (August 23rd 2011)
  • Jathedar Singh Sahib Bhai Hari Singh Ji
  • Jathedar Singh Sahib Bhai Tanvir Singh Ji
  • Jathedar Singh Sahib Sant Gagan Singh G Pure-walé Vedanti

Jathedars of Buddha Dal - Panjva Takhat Chalda Vaheer[edit]

  • Jathedar Baba Binod Singh Ji
  • Jathedar Baba Darbara Singh Ji
  • Jathedar Nawab Kapoor Singh Ji
  • Jathedar Sardar Jassa Singh Ahluwalia
  • Jathedar Baba Naina Singh Ji
  • Jathedar Akali Phula Singh Ji
  • Jathedar Baba Hanuman Singh Ji
  • Jathedar Baba Prahlad Singh Ji
  • Jathedar Baba Gian Singh Ji
  • Jathedar Baba Teja Singh Ji
  • Baba Sahib Ji Kaladhari
  • Jathedar Baba Chet Singh Ji
  • Jathedar Singh Sahib Baba Santa Singh Ji
  • Jathedar Baba surjit singh ji 96 crori

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