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The Sikh Faith and the Khalsa Panth

J.S. Grewal

in History, Literature, and Identity

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780198070740
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080427 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070740.003.0013
The Sikh Faith and the Khalsa Panth

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According to Rattan Singh Jaggi, there are two opposing evaluations of Bansāvalīnāma Dasān Pātshāhīan Kā written by Kesar Singh Chhibber: one based on extreme scepticism and the other which borders on credulity. Dealing primarily with genealogies, the Bansāvalīnāma discusses the state of the Sikhs in the author’s own time, the Sikh faith and the Khalsa Panth, Banda Bahadur, Jit Singh, Mata Sahib Devi, the ten Gurus including Guru Gobind Singh, Guru Hargobind, and Guru Nanak. Chhibber’s detailed account of Guru Gobind Singh dwells on kinship. He views the Khalsa Panth as distinct from both Muslims and Hindus as the Third Panth. Chhibber has a positive view only for Brahman Sikhs and not for all Brahmans, one of the many contradictions in the Bansāvalīnāma.

Keywords: Rattan Singh Jaggi; Bansāvalīnāma Dasān Pātshāhīan Kā; Kesar Singh Chhibber; genealogies; Guru Gobind Singh; Guru Hargobind; Banda Bahadur; Guru Nanak; Khalsa Panth

Chapter.  10764 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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