Warriors - Sardar Shaam Singh Akali & Sardar Kartor Singh Akali
Updated: Jan 23, 2019
The renowned warrior Akali Shaam Singh Ataari played a pivotal role in ensuring the Khalsa was successful against the opposing Mughals. Prodigiously strong, he was known to ride alongside powerful afghans, grab them and throw them into trees or fort walls, his adopted son was the Khalsa's master Swordsman Sukha Singh who along with Mehtaab Singh undertook and audacious mission to assassinate a Mughal official Massa Ranghar, who had desecrated the sanctity of Sri Harimandir Sahib. It was after this episode that Sardaar Shaam Singh banded together soldiers to create the KaroraSingha Missal ("Regiment of 10 million"), which even occupied Dehli for several months in 1783. Shaam Singhs mentor was Akaali Darbaara Singh Nihang (1645-1735) a veteran and the second jathedar of Budha Dal. Akali Darbara Singh and Gharbara Singh were two sons of Bhai Nanu Singh ji, whose forefathers belonged to Guru Hargobind's family. He served both the 9th and 10th Guru from a young age. At the age of 16, he was entitled as Diwan(Courtier) to the Guru. He served both Gurus for 16 years and also became the jathedar of Sri Akaal Takht Sahib for 12 years. In 1733 Akali Darbaara Singh attempted to reorganise the Khalsa into a once strategic military power. He passed away in 1735 at the age of 90 and the task was futhered on by Nawaab Kapoor Singh, to whom Sardaar Shaam Singh played a close aide. Here Sardaar Shaam Singh Ataari is seen with his young accomplice Sardaar Kartor Singh. literally meaning "Hand-breaking Tiger" a reference no doubt to the dexterity with which he wielded his iron mace.
Image taken from: Warrior Saints (Amandeep Singh Madra & Parmjit Singh 2013)