Sham Singh Atariwala

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Sham Singh Attariwala (1790 - 1846) was a renowned general of the Sikh Empire. He was born in 1790's in the house of well known Sikh farmers in the town of Attari (a few kilometres from the border of Indian and Pakistan Punjab in India), Amritsar, in the Majha region of Panjab, India. At his early he was educated in Gurmukhi and Persian. When Ranjit singh became maharaja of Punjab he got himself at his disposal. Maharaja Ranjit Singh knowing his qualities and fighting abilities made him a jathedar of 5000 horsemen. He participated actively in many campaigns, notably like the campaign of Multan, campaign of Kashmir, Campaign of the frontier province.

Sham Singh Attariwala is also famous for his last stand at the Battle of Sobraon. He joined the Sikh military in 1817 and during the Afghan-Sikh Wars participated in the Battle of Attock, Battle of Multan, Battle of Peshewar, and the 1819 Kashmir expedition.[1] His daughter was married to Prince Nau Nihal Singh and he served on the council of regency for Maharajah Dalip Singh.


Further reading[edit]

  • Ahluwalia, M.L.; Singh, Kirpal (1963). Punjab Pioneer Freedom Fighters. New Delhi: Orient Longmans.