Life of Bhai Jaita Ji
Bhai Jivan Singh was born in the year 1649. His previous name was Bhai Jaita. The name Bhai Jivan Singh was given by Guru Gobind Singh Ji when he took Amrit Pahul in the year 1699. He belonged to a low caste according to the Brahminical caste system before coming to the pious lap of Guru.
Following are some facts about Bhai Jivan Singh’s life:
His mother’s name was Kanno and his father’s name was Sada Chand. He got the name Jag Chand from his parents at the time of his birth. All called him by the shortened name Jagu or Jota. He and his younger brother whose name was Bhag Chand were Guru Har Rai’s disciples. At that time Guru Har Rai Ji resided in the Sivalik hills.
A True Sikh Devotee
After that Guru Ji shifted to the village of Jhanda Ramdas along with their parents. There they stayed with Bhai Gurditta who was Bhai Buddha’s great-great grandson. As Bhai Gurditta was arrested in Delhi. At that time Bhai Jaita was sent to give that news to him.
Bringing Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji’s head to Anandpur Sahib
When Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji was beheaded in public, Jivan Singh was in Delhi. When no one came forward to claim the body, this was only Bhai Jaita who succeeded to escape from the guards picked up the head of Guru Ji, and headed to Anandpur Sahib. Guru Gobind Singh Ji Himself received him with much honor when he reached Anandpur. After that incident, he started living in Anandpur. There he became the first drum beater on Guru Ji’s Ranjit Nagara setup.
In the year 1691, Bhai Jaita got married to Raj Kaur who was the daughter of Sujan Singh. Four sons were born to Bhai Jaita. Then in the year 1699, He received the Amrit Pahul from Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Bhai Jaita New name was now Bhai Jivan Singh.
A Brave Soldier
He had parallel qualities of a soldier so he trained Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s two elder sons. Bhai Jivan Singh took part in various battles of Guru Gobind Singh Ji against the Mughals and hill chiefs. In the Chamkaur battle, Bhai Jivan Singh fell a martyr in the year 1705. A Burj was built on that site in his memory.
Bhai Jaita Ji Sikh Shaheed
Bhai Jaita Ji was the Sikh Devotee who brought the head of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji from Delhi to Anandpur Sahib