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Sad day for Sikh Sangat, not for the Panth. But then again, there are a lot of sad days for SS, nothing new there. There is too much negativity on the forum, people are always looking at faults. Since I'm a member that makes me part of the problem too.

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when we can discuss everything from sikh girls running away to why we should or shouldnt give money to a sikh channel but we don't write a single post dedicated to Bhagat Puran Singh jee.

Here is to Bhagat Puran Singh jee, one of the greatest humanitarian. :BOW: :BOW:

veerjee, it would be kind if you wrote a little summary of Bhagat Puran Singh's life here ,for all those sikh youths and non -sikhs who visit this site without much knowledge of Sikhi . Just a couple of paragraphs .

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Bhagat Puran Singh ji(1904 -1992)


Bhai Puran Singh ji in undoubtly the single Sikh Hero of this century who worked totally selflessly all his life to provide the last hope to the mentally and terminally ill patients. Whenever he use to see a deserted dead body (human or animal) immediately he would prepare (by his own hand) a grave and him human/animal a deserving respect of death. He was to Sikhism, what Mother Teresa is to Catholicism. Against the backdrop of violence and poverty in 1947 he established a premier institute which takes care of sick, disabled and forlorn persons. Whatever money and financial resources he could gathered he used it to establish this institute. It is also believed that he was almost nominated to receive Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 but by not giving him prize it was the loss of sick and disabled persons as well as nobel Prize committee. His life story is a saga of grit, determination, faith in the almighty and unending love for the suffering humanity. A very brief sketch of Bhagat Ji's life is given below

Bhagat Puran Singh, born at Rajewal, Distt. Ludhiana on June 4 1904., at the house of Chaudhari Chibu Mal and Mehtab Kaur. In an interview to Patwant Singh Bhagat Puran Singh discloses how he became a Sikh ,in his early life he use to travel a lot from village to village and would stay at a Hindu Temple. One day when he was staying at a Temple Brahmins told him to clean the temple and then when he was done they sat in front of him and ate the food without offering him., Incidentally next time he had to stay at a Gurdwara and Bhai ji of Gurdwara not only gave him good food but also a cot and a glass of milk afterwards., without asking for any sewa for Gurdwara. After this Bhagat Puran Singh didn't even thought twice and became a Khalsa.


He set out in life for the service of the suffering humanity- the greatest religion. He founded Pingalwara in 1947 with a few discarded patients. He was also a writer as well as publisher and an environmentalist. Pingalwara is a very big home of human service. Bhagat Ji's contribution in spreading awareness about the global dangers of environment pollution, increasing soil erosion etc are also commendable. His dedication was awarded with heaps of honours by many quarters. Prestigious among these was the Padamshri award in 1979, which he surrendered in the wake of the army attack on the Golden Temple in 1984. He left for his heavenly abode on August 5, 1992. We request you to kindly display the attached appeal at the maximum number of places so that the Sadh Sangat is made aware of the efforts being put up by this Society. Our Web site is presently under construction.

Here are some of the quotes of Bhagat Puran Singh ji

Dignity in death is a birthright of each living thing.

All Punjabi should at least sow a tree of "Bohar", "Pippal" and "Neem". These trees are essential to our eco system.


At this time Pingalwara is run by Dr Inder Jit Kaur, she is also President of All India Pingalwara Charitable Society(Regd). She has embarked upon a mission to produce a movie on the life of Bhai Puran Singh ji. Please spread this information.

Click here to read about pingalwara, established by Bhagat Puran Singh ji

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Bhagat Puran Singh was a great sikh of guru nanak. I remember how he once chose to arrive on a rickshaw to a function without any pomp and show even though the organisers of the show had requested to send a big car to fetch him . It was well before these media stunts by politicians began and to top it he was the chief guest. Such humbleness and purity and hardwork. Now compare that to out modern 'sant brahmgyani' babe and their live life kingsize motto.

Unfortunately the school set up by bhagatji is still not recognised by state to make it eligible to get grants from govt for paying salaries to well educated teachers. he did not have chelas to do sewa for him as all the sewa was done by him with his bare hands. He had and earned what guru nanak taught - kirt kamai.

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