The Bhangi Misl (Punjabi: ਭੰਗੀ ਮਿਸਲ (Gurmukhi), بھنگی مثل (Shahmukhi)) was a large Sikh Misl led by Dhillon Jats headquartered in a village near Amritsar. It was founded in the early 18th century by Sardar Chhajja Singh, who was baptised by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. The misl received its name "Bhangi" because Chhajja Singh and his soldiers were addicted to an intoxicant herb Bhang (drink made from cannabis sativa). After Sardar Chhajja Singh's death, the Bhangi misl was succeeded by Bhuma Singh Dhillon.
Expanse of Bhangi Misl
It grew in strength and territory to cover an area from Attock to Multan and emerged as the strongest power in the western Punjab region. However, deaths among the leadership during the late 1760s reduced the Misl's power.
Decline of Power
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