Bhai Dayala

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Bhai Dayala
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Death of Bhai Dayala, 1675
Born Arshivender Singh
Died 9 November 1675
Delhi, India
Cause of death Death by boiling
Known for Martyrdom

Bhai Dyala ji (died 9 November 1675), variously spelt as Bhai Dayala, Bhai Diala, (Punjabi: ਭਾਈ ਦਿਆਲਾ ਜੀ, Hindi: भाई दयाला जी), was an early martyr of the Sikh faith. Along with his companions Bhai Mati Das and Bhai Sati Das as well as Ninth Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, Bhai Dayala was killed at Chandni Chowk at Delhi in November 1675.

Ethnicity of Bhai Dayala Ji[edit]

Punwar Rajput[edit]

According to another claim which is solely based on the Bhat Vahis [1] Bhai Dayala was son of Mai Das and elder brother to Bhai Mani Ram of Punwar Rajput (originally from Alipore, Multan (present-day Pakistan)).[2]

Dullat Jat[edit]

According to one version, Bhai Dayala belonged to Dullat family of Chaudhury Bika Dullat (Jatt). He is said to have been a real brother of Bhai Mani Singh Dullat from Kambowal, now Longowal, Sangrur, Punjab, whom Giani Gian Singh Dullat has connected with Bhai Mani Singh.This clue about Bhai Dayala was arbitrarily drawn by someone from Longowal based on the erroneous information provided by Giani Gian Singh in the first edition of his Panth Parkash (published 1874 AD) in which it is erroneously stated that Bhai Mani Singh Dullat was son of Chaudhury BIKA DULLAT and had four brothers, including one named Nagahya. But Giani Gian Singh nowhere stated that Bhai Dayala was one of the FIVE sons of Chaudhury Bika Dullat or that he (Bhai Dayala) was a brother of Bhai Mani Singh Dullat[3]

In later editions of his Panth Parkash, Giani Gian Singh writes that Bhai Mani Singh Dullat had only one elder brother, Bhai Nagahya Dullat (whom he claims is a "Bhagat" or a religious person) and that "the name of their father was Chaudhury KALA DULLAT"[4] The claim that Bhai Dayala was real brother of Bhai Mani Singh Dullat and hailed from Kambowal (now Longowal) is negated by Giani Gian Singh's own writings in later editions.


According to Satbir Singh, Bhai Dayala was the brother of Bhai Mani Singh and belonged to village Kakaru in District Ambala, now in Haryana. The village is commonly called "Theh".[5] But according to Harbans Singh Thind, Bhai Dayala was born in village Kalhe in Majha-des, District AMRITSAR, Tehsil Tarn Taran in a family of Kamboh farmers. The village Kalha adjoins village Kang and is located few miles east of Tarn Taran. His father Lall Chand was from Mutti clan of the Kamboj. His mother’s name was Chandika.[6] Sher Singh Sher writes that Bhai Dayala ji belonged to the Kambo or Kamboh caste and was a paternal uncle of Bhai Mani Singh .[7] Another research scholar S Kirpal Singh states that Bhai Dayala was Kamboj but does not give any further information about his family or his village.[8] A likely scenario is that Bhai Dayala belonged to those families of Kambohs which had earlier moved from Kambohwal (now Longowal) and had settled at Anandpur in the service of the Gurughar during the times of ninth Guru.[9]


Bhai Dayala was one of the Sikhs who accompanied Guru Tegh Bahadur when the latter left Anandpur for Delhi on 11 July 1675, the other two were brothers---Bhai Mati Das, a Dewan and Bhai Sati Das, a Scribe at Guru’s court. Along with the Ninth Guru, they were arrested on orders of Emperor Aurangzeb at Agra. On 9 November 1675 A.D he was put into a big cauldron full of water which was later heated to the boiling point. It is said that in the end all of his skin was peeled off the bones in boiling water and he died.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dr Harbans Singh (Ed), The Encyclopedia of Sikhism, Vol IV, Punjabi University, Patiala, 1998, pp 95-96; Identity of Bhai Mani Singh Shahid, Article Published in Punjab History Conference, 22nd Session, March 25–27, 1988, Part I, Proceedings, Punjabi University Patiala, 1989, pp. 80-81, Prof Gurmukh Singh; Bhai Mani Singh Shaheed (2004).
    Kirpal Singh Dardi; The Kambojas Through the Ages, 2005, pp 255-67
  2. ^ Giani Garja Singh's claim on Bhai Dayala as a Punwar Rajput is based on Bhat Vahi Multani Sindh and Panda Vahis of Hardwar (See: Shaheed Bilaas, Bhai Mani Singh, 1961, Garja Singh). S. Kirpal Singh especially visited Hardwar and spent several days to personally review, examine and verify the contents of the Panda Vahis relating to Giani Garja Singh's family. S. Kirpal Singh reports that there are dubious entries as well as discrepancies in chronology, as also there are indications of tempering - with the "Panda Vahis" at Hardwar in respect of Giani Garja Singh's family. Similar arguments may also apply to the Bhat Vahi Multani Sindhi and others Vahis which Garja Singh or his supporters like Piara Singh Padam, Dr Piar Singh or Rattan Singh Jaggi etc depend on, to prove their case. According to S Kirpal Singh, like the controversial letter supposedly written by Bhai Mani Singh Shaheed to Mata Sundri ji, the poetic composition "Shaheed Bilaas" (supposedly authored by Kavi Sewa Singh Bhat in 1802 and edited by Giani Garja Singh in 1961), is also a clear-cut case of forged documentation, fabricated during the first half of 20th century by some interested party with ulterior motives to transmutate Bhai Mani Ram Rajput into Bhai Mani Singh Shaheed. The new research & information furnished by S Kirpal Singh negates the claims of Giani Garja Singh and his supporters regarding Bhai Mani Singh Shaheed and Bhai Dayala ji Shaheed.
  3. ^ See Panth Parkash (1st ed.), Bisram 43, Gian Singh Longowal.
  4. ^ Singh, Giani Gian, Panth Parkash, Vibhag (1987), pg. 1317.
  5. ^ Saada Itihaas, Bhaag 2, p 154
  6. ^ Kamboj Itihaas, 1973, p 122-123, Harbans Singh Thind
  7. ^ Glimpses of Sikhism and Sikhs, 1982, p 207, Sher Singh Sher
  8. ^ The Kambojas Through the Ages, 2005, p. 248, Kirpal Singh; Also see: These Kamboj People, 1979, p. 218
  9. ^ According to Karam Singh Historian, in the wake of Anandpur disaster when Bhai Mani Singh had escorted the wife (Mehil) of Tenth Guru ji to Delhi, they were also accompanied by some Kamboh families including that of Bhai Shihan Singh Kambo of Sunam (See: Shaheed Bhai Mani Singh, (a research book), 2004, p 143 fn 34, p 141, fn 9, p 100, fn 23, S. Kirpal Singh). It appears highly likely that these Kamboh families originally belonged to Kambohwal and had moved to Anandpur in the service of Gurughar and permanently stayed with ninth Guru ji. Bhai Dayala Ji and Bhai Mani Singh, to all probability, also belonged to these families of the Kamboh lineage. Karam Singh Historian had recommended further research on these Kamboh families