Page 1 Page 2. Page 2 Page 3. Page 3 Page 4. Page 4 Bhai Bala (Punjabi: ਭਾਈ ਬਾਲਾ –), born in Talvandi Rai Bhoi was a supposed childhood friend and lifelong companion of Bhai Mardana and Guru Nanak. According to the Bhai Bala Janam Sakhi’s, he travelled with Guru Nanak and the Sikh salutation ‘Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh’ is used in the Bala Janamsakhi, . The Janamsakhis (Punjabi: ਜਨਮਸਾਖੀ, janamsākhī), literally birth stories, are writings which . An important work based on the Bhai Bala janam-sakhi is Santokh Singh’s Gur Nanak Purkash commonly known as Nanak According to the Puratan Janamsakhi, Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born in the month of Vaisakh,

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The profuse legendary material is, it affirms, the product of interpolation. Such an interpretation is rendered insupportable by the inconsistencies and fantasies which it provides in abundance.

Although there is janzm date on it the manuscript points to around By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. December Learn how and when to remove this template message.

SearchGurbani brings to you a unique and comprehensive approach to explore and experience the word of God. Many of the caseinflexions regularly used in the Puratan iin disappeared in Bala.

Bhai Bala – Wikipedia

Bala Sandhu may well have been a real person. Bhai Mani Singh referred them to the Var of Bhai Gurdas, but this, they maintained was too brief and a longer more fuller account was needed.

This website serves to heighten the awareness of Sikhism and hopefully can be of some use to seekers of knowledge. Although the second of the theories outlined above reduces the Bala tradition to the level of other early Janam Sakhis it does nothing to minimize the importance of the tradition in later Sikh history. This janamsakhi was the basis of the accounts written by Trumpp, Macauliffe, and most Sikh scholars.


Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Of the still existing copies of the Puratan Janam-sakhis the two most important were the Colebrooke and Hafizabad versions.

All the Janamsakhis record miraculous acts and supernatural conversations. Views Read Edit View history. The sect is now extinct.

When the introduction of printing produced a spectacular expansion of recorded Janam Sakhi materials, the growth was almost wholly monopolized by the Bala tradition. A renowned Sikh scholar, Gurmukh Singh of the Oriental College, Lahore, found another janamsakhi at Hafizabad which was very similar to that found by Colebrook.

Three are located bhal London and individual items are to be found in various other places. Prithi Chand’s behaviour was evidently unsatisfactory as he was passed over in favour of his younger brother, Guru Arjan Dev, when his father chose a successor.

Bala primacy had been firmly established by the end of the eighteenth century and its hold upon nineteenth century affections is clearly demonstrated by the degree to which such writers as Santokh Singh, Sant Ren, and Bhai Bahilo rely on it.


Of all the manuscripts this is probably the most neglected as it has acquired a disagreeable reputation. The Puratan uses the older forms of the adverbs of time and place, whereas the Bala employs the modern forms of the same adverbs.

The term Puratan janamsakhis means ancient janam-sakhis and is generally used with reference to the composite work which was compiled by Bhai Vir Singh and first published in Paira recorded the pynjabi of Bala, a Sandhu latt who had come from Talvandi, the village of Rai Bhoi. Many of them contradict each other on material points and some have obviously been touched up to advance the claims of one or the other branches of the Guru’s family, or to exaggerate the roles of certain disciples.


The first theory jqnam, however, affirm jl modified version pujjabi the Bala claim. Sometime later Nanak moved to Sultanpur where his sister Nanaki was married. The reasons for this are:. It had been given to the library by an Englishman called Colebrook; it came to be known as the Vilayat Vali or the foreign janamsakhi.

When he returned after locating the vital document, Paira Mokha was deputed to transcribe it. The Second udasi was ib the south of India with companion Bhai Mardana.

Janamsakhis – Wikipedia

The recording of his narrative took two months and seventeen days to complete. There is currently ongoing debate surrounding the existence of Bhai Bala.

Throughout the punjabu century the authority of the Bala version was unchallenged. Hindal interest of some kind is plainly evident in all janamm manuscripts of the Bala tradition. According to the author, he was a close companion of Guru Nanak and accompanied him on many of his travels.

Views Read Edit View history. There has been considerable discussion as regards to Bhai Bala’s existence, particularly within the Sikh academic field. The Bala tradition differs in its wealth of fantasy and in its attempt to establish authenticity by the contrived introduction of an eyewitness narrator. Many of the most treasured of all Janam Sakhi anecdotes derive from Bala sources and, if today one asks for ln Janam Sakhi in a bookshop, the volume which is produced will almost certainly be the twentieth century Bala version.