Giani Pritam Singh Ji was born in 1933 in the month of Maagh in the ambrosial hour of 4am at the home of their maternal grandparents, village Rathaa, District Gurdaaspur. The ancestral village of Giani Ji is in Mohan Bhandareeyaa but they have settled in the town: Raikot, Ludhiana. Their mother is Mata Balwant Kaur Jee and their father is Sardar Mejaa Singh Ji Kang. Their mother and father were both Amritdhari, dedicated to nitnem and engaged in the honest livelihood of agriculture. They believed in sharing what they had and donating dasvandh. Their main interest was to visit sights of pilgrimage. Their father would sing straightforward dharnas and contributed much support to the Akalee Movement. Giani Jee’s father was also present in the 13th Jatha at Jaitho.
At their birth, their maternal grandmother, Mata Utham Kaur Jee took them to the Gurdwara and offered Karah Parshad and had an Ardhaas performed. After that the hukumnama of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji came:
Sorath Mahalla 5.
Prabh Kee Saranh(i) Sagal Bhai Laathey;
Dhook(u) Binsey Sukh(u) Paaiyaa.
Taking the first letter of the Hukumnama as per tradition, the child was named Pritam Singh. Their maternal grandfather, Shaam Singh Jee of the Randhava clan was one of the leading Akalees of their area. He was known to be a great researcher of Gurmath, a leader in the 11th jatha of Jaitho Morcha and also took a jatha to Guru Kaa Baagh. They were the brother-in-law to Shaheed Lachhman Singh Jee.
The religious life of their grandparents had a profound effect on Giani Jee. Giani jee would assist their father in farming. They studied three grades of school after which they learnt Gurmukhi. Baba Giaan Singh Jee taught them martial arts.
The father of Giani Ji was one of eight siblings, Giani Ji themselves has six siblings. It was a large family. They enrolled in 1951 to the jatha of Sachkhand Vaasee Brahm Giani Gurbachan Singh ‘Khalsa and studied gurmat until 1963. They remained the scribe of Mahapurkh for 6 years. They were a chief student of Damdami Taksal. By performing various difficult tasks and studying deeply they impressed Mahapurkh greatly. According to the instructions of Mahapurkh they stayed Head Granthi and Katha Vachak of Gurdwara Dukh Nivaaran Sahib from 1963 to December 1969. The sangat of the city and the leaders of the SGPC were influenced greatly by Giani Ji and respected them very much.
In December 1969 they became the Kathavachak, Head Granthi of Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, East Africa in the Kisumoo city of Kenya. Giani Ji influenced the local sangat greatly. They preached at many large places such as Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. They inspired many to become baptized and were respected greatly.
In 1975 they came to England taking on the responsibility of katha-vachak/head-Granthi at the Ramgarhia Sikh Gurdwara Forestgate. The Sangat gave them a great deal of respect and continue to do so until this day. In 1979 they became the head Granthi of Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Southall. They earned a great deal of respect through their katha and ability to inspire people to become initiated into the fold of the Khalsa. Giani Ji completed his duty as Granthi Singh in February 1986 and then went on Parchar tours around the globe. These include five times to Canada, four times to America, two times to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore and Malaysia, fifteen times to Germany, seven times to Norway and twenty times to Italy. Giani Ji was the founder of the first Gurdwara in Rome, Italy. Giani Ji also visited Australia, Holland, Belgium, Paris, Greece and Spain for Katha Parchar. Mention of Giani Ji’s Katha and Amrit Parchar have been accounted in many newspapers around the world. Giani Ji also established a Gatka Akhara in Southall named Sahibzada Baba Ajit Singh Ji Gatka Akhara. Alongside this Giani Ji continue to teach students and do Katha around England. Sant Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji in his poetic work ‘Sri Gurmukh Parkash’ has mentioned Giani Ji’s Name:
‘Preetam Singh Likhari Bhaara, Mohan Bhandaria Nagar Udaara.
Vidya Karat Abhiaas Saadaee, Guni Banai Gur Kirpa Paee’
(Chapter 52, Page 620)
‘Pritam Singh is a great writer (Likhari) who hails from the village of Mohan Bhandaria. He spends his time immersed in the study of Vidhia (spiritual learning) and with the grace of the Guru will obtain many qualities’.
Written by – Jathedar Giani Niranjan Singh Ji “Vaidh”
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