|A legendary Sikh hero who was a contemporary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Akali Phula Singh was baptized by Baba Naina Singh, leader of the Shahid misl. In due course of time, he rose to become its most respected leader himself and the head priest of the Akal Takht, Amritsar. So powerful was he among the Sikhs that he was able to administer punishment to Maharaja Ranjit Singh for having relationship with 'Moran', the Muslim courtesan, for the sake of the Sikh Code of Conduct.|
Phula Singh was born in 1 761 in the village Shinh in Bangar area, in the present
day district of Sangroor. His father, Sardar Ishar Singh of Nishanwala Misal,
was seriously wounded in the Great Holocaust in 1762, and died shortly thereafter.
Akali Phula Singh was deeply religious from early child-hood. He joined an order
of Nihangs, also described as Akalis, the immortals, at an early age and became
the leader of this devout band of reckless fighters. Akali Phula Singh did not
marry. He settled down in Amritsar, where a burj (tower) and a dayra called Nihangan
di chhaoni still stands in his memory. He had dedicated his life to the care of
Sikh shrines and loved to serve people in accordance with the Guru's message.
The tomb in memory of Akali Phula Singh
The tomb as it is now
It was in this battle that Akali Phula Singh's fearless troops took the lead and, without a moment's thought, plunged their horses in the swollen and turbulent river. Everyone, including Maharaja Ranjit Singh, followed suit. Akali Phula Singh was in the midst of the severest fighting. A deadly hand-to-hand fight took place between the Nihangs and the Ghazis. Akali Phula Singh was wounded in the thigh and could not stand. He bandaged his wound and rode back into the thick of the battle on horseback.
(photo courtesy royal asiatic society)
Then he got more wounds and his horse was shot under him, so he climbed into a howdah and drove the elephant into the midst of the enemy. The Ghazis could now see the man who had humbled them so often. They fired at him from all sides and riddled his body with bullets. He collapsed in his howdah, exhorting the Nihangs with the last breath of his body, not to give way. The news of his death fur-ther infuriated the Nihangs. They gave no quarter to the enemy. The Ghazis could not stand the Nihangs' charge. They got disorganised and took to their heels, leaving their 4,000 dead, or dying, in the bafllefield saying: "Toba, toba-, Khuda Khud, Khalsa Shud" (God forbid, but it appears, God himself has turned a Khalsa!). (Courtesy Dr. Santokh Singh-The Guru's Word)
|The Battle of Peshawar was one of the bloodiest battles ever fought by the Sikhs. It was mainly due to the bravery of S. Hari Singh Nalwa and Akali Phula Singh that this area of the Afghans, which was under their domain for over 500 years was at last brought under the Sikh rule. Here Maharaja Ranjit Singh greets Akali Phula Singh before the historic battle.|
|He took considerable interest in the construction and improvement of gurdwaras at Anandpur, Damdama Sahib and other places. His headquarters were at Amritsar where a tower exists in his name (Burj Akali Phula Singh).|
One rare painting of Saint -Soldier Akali Phula Singh
|A very old painting of Akali Phula Singh printed in 1923|
Another very rare and old painting of the Sikh Warrior
|Battle of Naushehra amongst the turki hills where the brave Akali Phoola Singh lost his life.|