Jathedar

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A jathedar (Punjabi: ਜੱਥੇਦਾਰ) is a leader of high regard chosen to head and ensure discipline within a jatha, a body of Sikhs.[1]

The Jathedar of the Akal Takht is the central head of the Sikhs worldwide, who makes all important decisions after consultation with the jathedars of the other four takhts.[2] The current Jathedar of the Akal Takht is Jagtar Singh Hawara, who was appointed by the Sarbat Khalsa on 10 November 2015. Due to the political imprisonment of Hawara, Dhian Singh Mand appointed by the Sarbat Khalsa and Harpreet Singh appointed by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee have been serving as the acting jathedars.[3]

Jathedars of the Akal Takht[edit]

Jathedars of Takht Kesgarh Sahib[edit]

  • Karam Singh
  • Kharak Singh
  • Budh Singh
  • Puran Singh
  • Puran Singh
  • Resham Singh
  • Partap Singh
  • Bir Singh
  • Ajit Singh
  • Fauja Singh
  • Bachitar Singh
  • Guridal Singh
  • Harcharan Singh
  • Shavinder Singh
  • Balbir Singh
  • Manjit Singh
  • Tarlochan Singh
  • Amrik Singh
  • Amrik Singh Ajnala (2015–2017)
  • Raghbir Singh (2017–Incumbent)

Jathedars of Takht Damdama Sahib[edit]

  • Deep Singh
  • Sudh Singh
  • Karam Singh
  • Natha Singh
  • Ran Singh
  • Bhagwaan Singh
  • Baghel Singh
  • Diwan Singh
  • Ram Singh
  • Harchand Singh longowal
  • Jagir Singh
  • Sabh Lakha Singh
  • Jaswant Singh
  • Sanjh Hakam Singh
  • Mehar Singh
  • Kewal Singh
  • Balwant Singh Nandgarh[4]
  • Gurmukh Singh
  • Baljit Singh Daduwal (2015–2020)
  • Harpreet Singh (2018–Incumbent)[5]

Jathedars of Takht Patna Sahib[edit]

  • Iqbal Singh (–2019)[6]
  • Ranjit Singh (2019–2022)[7][8]
  • Baldev Singh (2022–Incumbent)

Jathedars of Takht Hazur Sahib[edit]

  • Santokh Singh (1709–1715)
  • Khushal Singh (1715–1722)
  • Lal Singh (1722–1730)
  • Bakhtawar Singh (1730–1736)
  • Charat Singh (1736–1786)
  • Mohar Singh (1786–1793)
  • Ram Singh (1793–1804)
  • Dharam Singh (1804–1812)
  • Charat Singh (1812–1817)
  • Sahib Singh (1817–1818)
  • Aaya Singh (1818–1824)
  • Jassa Singh (1824–1839)
  • Isher Singh (1839–1841)
  • Waryam Singh (1841–1844)
  • Tara Singh (1844–1858)
  • Atar Singh (1858–1867)
  • Prem Singh (1867–1875)
  • Deva Singh (1875–1876)
  • Brij Singh (1876–1877)
  • Jawahar Singh (1877–1883)
  • Nanu Singh (1883–1890)
  • Maan Singh (1890–1913)
  • Daya Singh (1913–1914)
  • Hari Singh (1914–1919)
  • Hira Singh (1919–1945)
  • Bahadur Singh (1945–1946)
  • Hira Singh (1946–1950)
  • Harnam Singh (1950–1956)
  • Joginder Singh (1956–1984)
  • Hajura Singh (1984–2000)
  • Kulwant Singh (2000–Incumbent)

Jathedars of Damdami Taksal[edit]

  • Baba Deep Singh Ji
  • Baba Gurbakhsh Singh Ji
  • Baba Soorat Singh Ji
  • Baba Gurdas Singh Ji
  • Baba Sant Singh Ji
  • Baba Daya Singh Ji
  • Baba Bhagovan Singh Ji
  • Baba Harnam Singh Bedi Ji
  • Baba Bishan Singh Muralewale Ji
  • Baba Sundar Singh Bhindranwale Ji (1905-1930)
  • Baba Gurbachan Singh Bhindranwale Ji (1930-1961)
  • Baba Kartar Singh Bhindranwale Ji (1969–1977)
  • Sant Baba Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale (1977–1984)
  • Baba Thakur Singh Bhindranwale Ji (1984–2004)
  • Baba Harnam Singh Bhindranwale Ji (2004–Incumbent)

Jathedars of Budha Dal[edit]

Jathedars of Taruna Dal[edit]

  • Deep Singh
  • Gurbakhsh Singh
  • Sudha Singh
  • Karam Singh
  • Natha Singh
  • Ram Singh Bedi
  • Jassa Singh
  • Nand Singh
  • Ram Singh
  • Gurmukh Singh
  • Sadhu Singh
  • Bishan Singh
  • Kirtan Singh
  • Makhan Singh
  • Gajjan Singh (2016-Incumbent)

Jathedars of Bidhi Chand Dal[edit]

  • Bidhi Chand Chhina
  • Lal Chand
  • Gurdial Chand
  • Hukam Chand
  • Jeoun Singh
  • Jaspat Singh
  • Bhag Singh
  • Labh Singh
  • Natha Singh
  • Sohan Singh
  • Daya Singh Sur Singh (Unknown-2014)
  • Avtar Singh Sur Singh (2014-Incumbent)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nabha, Kahn Singh (30 December 2014). Guru Shabad Ratnakar Mahan Kosh. Patiala: Panjabi University. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
  2. ^ Sethi, Chitleen (8 December 2022). "Ex-jathedar a 'sinner', dope tests for staff: Akal Takht head's orders spark sit-in at Patna Sahib". The Print. Retrieved 8 December 2022.
  3. ^ Paul, GS (8 November 2018). "Takht Jathedar's address marred by sloganeering". The Tribune. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Nandgarh installed Jathedar". The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Punjab. 6 January 2003. Retrieved 2022-09-02.
  5. ^ "Takhat Sahiban Jathedar". Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee www.dsgmc.in. Retrieved 2022-09-02.
  6. ^ "Court reinstates Takht Patna Sahib former Jathedar Giani Iqbal Singh". Tribuneindia News Service. Retrieved 2022-09-02.
  7. ^ "Ranjit Singh is Takht Patna Sahib jathedar". Tribuneindia News Service. Retrieved 2022-09-02.
  8. ^ "Amid opposition, Giani Ranjit Singh reinstated as Takht Patna Sahib jathedar". Hindustan Times. 2022-11-19. Retrieved 2022-11-21.