|Other names||Hakikat Rai, Hakikat Singh|
Haqiqat Singh was born into a Sikh family, in Sialkot, Punjab. He was the grandson of Bhai Nand Ram Ji, a devotee of Guru Har Rai Ji. His maternal great grandfather was Bhai Kanhaiya Ji. His uncle (mother’s brother) Bhai Arjan Ji was also martyred. Sardar Kishan Singh Ji was his father-in-law. His father's name was Bagh Mal, who took Amrit from Guru Gobind Singh and become Bagh Singh. Haqiqat Rai also took Amrit at the age of 12 and became Haqiqat Singh. At the Age of 18 he was married to Nand Kaur, daughter of Saradar Kishan Singh from Uppal-Batala  Different sources mention his year of birth differently, ranging from 1719 to 1724.
It has been wrongfully accused that he was persuaded to convert to Islam, but he insults of Muhammad. As a result, he was beheaded in Lahore, during the governorship of Zakariya Khan. Quasi Abdul Haq, who was responsible for the Fatva, was also beheaded later on by Sardar Dal Singh and Saradar Mana Singh and shown arround in the city Batala Different sources give different dates of his death, including 1732, 1735, 1742 and 1791.
In the first decade of the twentieth century (1905–10), three Bengali writers popularized the legend of Haqiqat Rai's martyrdom through their essays. The three accounts differ greatly. The Arya Samaj organized a play Dharmaveer Haqiqat Rai, advocating deep loyalty to Hinduism. It also printed copies of the legend, and distributed them free of cost or at a nominal price of 2 paisa.
Before the partition of India in 1947, Hindus used to gather at his samadhi in Lahore, during the Basant Panchami Festival. His samadhi in Sialkot was also a place of worship. In 2004, Nawa-i-Waqt, a Pakistani daily opposed Basant Panchami celebrations in Pakistan, arguing that the festival celebrated Haqiqat Rai's insult of Hazrat Muhammad (Sallal Lahu Alaiehay Wasallum).
Another samadhi dedicated to Haqiqat Rai is located in Boeli of Baba Bhandari (Hoshiarpur district), where people gather and pay obeisance to Haqiqat Rai during Basant Panchami. In Gurdaspur district, a shrine dedicated to him is located at Batala. The town also has a samadhi dedicated to Sati Lakshmi Devi, said to be the wife of Haqiqat Rai.
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