|Nawab Kapur Singh|
|When Mughal rulers offered a jagir (estate) to the Sikhs, the Sarbat Khalsa decided to hand over to S. Kapur Singh and honour him with the title of nawab (Duke). The Sardar, in return, showed extreme humility and consented to accept this only if it was consecrated by the touch of the feet of Panj Pyaras.|
Nawab Kapur Singh was a noted Sikh hero of the post-Guru Gobind Singh era who played a prominent role in the consolidation of the Khalsa. He groomed Jassa Singh Ahluwalia and gave him the command of the newly formed Dal Khalsa in 1748 AD.
Kapur Singh was born of a Virk family of Jats in 1697 AD. His native village was Kalo-ke, now in Shiekhpura district of Pakistan. Later, when he seized the village of Faizullapur, near Amritsar, he renamed it Singhpura and started living there. That is why he is also known as Kapur Singh Faizulipuria or Singhpuria.
He was nineteen at the time of the massacre in Delhi. He was baptized on the occasion of Baisakhi of 1721 AD. Kapur Singh became Nawab in 1733 AD when Zakariya Khan governor of Lahore sent a delegation to make peace with the Sikhs. He sent a khilat (present) with a letter granting jagir and he wanted the leader of the Sikhs to have the title of Nawab. The congregation decided that it should be given to Kapur Singh. Kapur Singh died in 1753 AD at Amritsar and was cremated near Baba Atal.
|Nawab Kapur Singhearned his title of Nawab by his unlimited and selfless service. He had accepted the honour on one condition that he will not be deprived of the duty of clearing the horses dung, which he had been doing since his childhood.|