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source: http://www.nihang.net/anjathedarbudh.htm

The origin of the Buddha Dal dates back to the times of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. In the siege of Gurdas Nangal, the Bandai Khalsa and the Tat Khalsa went their own ways. The Tat Khalsa vacated the fort under the command of Jathedar Akali Baba Binodh Singh Ji Nihang. Thus, he is recognised as the first Jathedar of the Buddha Dal. The command of the Buddha Dal has always been passed on to the most worthy person. It is a title which has been earned through deed. Jathedars of the Buddha Dal have been from all 'castes' of the Sikh faith. Below is a list of the Jathedars.

Jathedar Akali Baba Binodh Singh Nihang

Jathedar Akali Baba Darbar Singh Nihang

Jathedar Akali Baba Nawab Kapoor Singh Nihang

Jathedar Akali Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia

Jathedar Akali Baba Naina Singh Nihang

Jathedar Akali Baba Phula Singh Nihang

Jathedar Akali Baba Sat Hanuman Singh Nihang

Jathedar Akali Baba Prahlada Singh Nihang

Jathedar Akali Baba Giana Singh Nihang

Jathedar Akali Baba Tegha Singh Nihang

Jathedar Akali Baba Sahib Singh Nihang

Jathedar Akali Baba Cheta Singh Nihang

Jathedar Akali Baba Santa Singh Nihang

In addition to this list, some Akalis regard Akali Baba Prem Singh 'Pathra' Parthumbrea, as a Jathedar. He was a close friend of Jathedar Akali Baba Giana Singh Nihang. Baba Giana Singh consulted Baba Prem Singh on many matters, and often a joint decision was made by the two.

Baba Prem Singh undertook the duty of retrieving the battle standards of the Khalsa Panth which had fallen into Mughal hands. On one occasion he went to ask Emperor Bahadur Shah II for a battle standard which was in his possession. Bahadur shah refused to comply. Baba Prem Singh undertook a fast outside the walls of the palace. It is said that after a few days fire was seen all over the walls of the palace. Bahadur Shah immediately summoned Baba Prem Singh and returned the battle standard.

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