Amar Singh Ji was born on the 1st November, 1942 at Chakar
Village, in the District Ludhiana of Punjab, India. His father
was Sardar Bakhtawar Singh while his mother was Mata Bhagwan
Kaur. He was originally named as Sarup Singh but after partaking
"Amrit" the "Panj Piaraes" changed it
to Amar Singh.
He was only eight years of age when his parents died. He
started to visit Nanaksar Darbar, Kalera Village at Jagraon
of Ludhiana District, Punjab (India) with his paternal uncle.
At the age of twelve he moved permanently to Nanaksar Dera
(Centre). Here he was given the duty of reciting "Sukhmani
Sahib Path" by Baba Isher Singh Ji. He got special training
for harmonium and tabla (kirtan) for two years under the
guidance of Giani Kehar Singh who was a very proficient ragi. He was also sent to Dodara
Village near Nanaksar where there were many good and well
versed "ragis". Here Baba Ji received training and exposure
in the singing of Sikh holy hymns. He was later sent to Bhai
Jai Ram Singh, a good associate of Baba Isher Singh Ji, in
Amritsar and received further one year training in the singing
of hymns and delivery of Sikh religious knowledge under the
instruction and guidance of Sardar Avatar Singh Naaz.
Baba Amar Singh Ji followed Baba Isher Singh Ji to various
parts of India for the purpose of preaching Sikhism, baptizing
devotees and to spread the message of Universal Brotherhood.
He visited places like Calcutta, Ranchi, Patna, Tata Nagar
and Delhi. Baba Ji also went to a village at India-Bangladesh border
at the request of some Sikhs camping there and baptised approximately
350 Bengalis. Upon Baba Jis return from Calcutta he spent two months
in Rajinder Nagar area of Delhi. Baba Isher Singh advised
Amar Singh Ji to remain in Delhi for a year for further training
in the singing of hymns in "raag" form under Sardar
Avtar Singh who was then working as a music teacher at
Khalsa College, Dev Nagar, Delhi (India).
Amar Singh Ji stayed at Nanaksar Kalera for nearly 14 years
under close supervision of Baba Isher Singh Ji. During this
period he spent nearly four and a half years learning Kirtan.
Upon demise of Baba Isher Singh Ji, Baba Amar Singh Ji was
sent to Barundi, the maternal village of Baba Isher Singh
Ji to perform sewa and Kirtan. The devotees there and the
adjoining villages virtually compelled Baba Amar Singh Ji
to remain at Barundi to carry on with his preaching of Sikhism.
From then onwards, Baba Amar Singh Ji started the "Parchar"
- preaching of the Sikh religion, Kirtan,
baptising devotees and starting educational institutions in
various parts of the world. In 1972, upon the request of the
devotees of Dunstall Road, England, a house was purchased
to start a Gurdwara. At that time nobody could ever dream
of building a new Gurdwara costing 1 million pounds
on that site. The land next to this place was also purchased
at quite a hefty sum of money. Similarly the foundation stone
of Nanaksar Thath Isher Darbar, Wolverhampton, U.K. was laid
on that very site where Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji, Rara Sahib
Wale held their last gathering of their life. Earlier a hall in
Wolverhampton was booked for a "kirtan" session
for a continuous duration of 14 days by Sant Baba Isher Singh
Ji. Baba Ji used it for holding the "Diwan"
for 13 days but on the last day Baba Ji left for their heavenly
abode. Later Baba Amar Singh Ji also booked the same hall
for "kirtan" gathering and finally purchased that
place to build a Gurdwara on that very site. This has been transformed into
a beautiful Gurdwara. Now there is
a library and a separate hall for other functions
in the Gurdwara such as religious classes, for
the correct reading (pronunciation) and understanding of the
Guru Granth Sahib are held in the Gurdwara. Various other
religious activities such as monthly Sikhi Classes are also arranged and held in the Gurdwara
for the benefit of the local children.
Letchworth City in U.K. is a city of flowers. It used to
have few Sikh inhabitants but these few were quite devoted
and used to travel to far distant places like Wolverhampton,
Ilford, Hayes, or Slough to attend religious programmes of
Baba Amar Singh Ji. On observing their keen interest and upon
their request, Baba Ji built a Gurdwara in this beautiful
city so that the devotees need not have to travel out for
their religious obligations. Similarly Baba Ji has travelled
to most places in U.K. to perform 'Kirtan' and enlighten the
devotees more on Sikh religious teachings.
In 1972-73, while on a tour of Germany, Baba Ji met Singh
Sahib Yogi Harbhajan Singh Ji and a massive baptization programme
was organised and quite a large number of Sikhs partook
"Amrit". Later Yogi Ji invited Baba Ji to California
in America to arrange for a baptization programme. At this
function 28 local Americans were also baptised to the Sikh
faith. Today Nanaksar Gurdwaras have been registered
in Orlando, Phoenix, Maryland and Buffalo where many devotees gather to receive the blessings of Guru Granth
In Greater Kailash Part II, New Delhi, India, Nanaksar Thath
Isher Darbar was established in July 1973. Besides the Gurdwara,
there is also the Guru Nanak International Public School in
which both formal modern educational subjects and Sikh religious
("Gurmat") studies are taught. This place in Delhi
has become the head office for the dissemination of information
and controls the affairs of its branches all over the world.
Baba Amar Singh Ji visited Penang Island in Malaysia in 1972-73
and planned a large scale baptization ("Amrit")
programme for the devotees. Initially some of the local Gurdwara
priests approached Baba Ji and tried to persuade him to abandon
his plan for Amritpan saying that it will be difficult for
the devotees to fulfil and maintain their religious obligations
and requirements in that part of the world. To this Baba Ji
replied, "We don't have to keep or protect "Amrit"
but "Amrit" would protect us and help us to overcome
all our difficulties and short comings". After this,
Baba Amar Singh Ji visited other places throughout West Malaysia,
Hong Kong and Singapore. During this period nearly 9800 devotees
were baptized during these visits.
Some of the devotees from New Zealand, who used to come to
Malaysia to attend religious programmes, invited Baba Amar
Singh Ji to visit New Zealand and requested to establish a
Gurdwara over there. After visiting New Zealand, Baba Ji with
the help of the devotees purchased a piece of land measuring
7000 sq. feet and constructed a Gurdwara with adequate facilities
for the teaching of "Gurmukhi" (Punjabi Script)
and language. The Hon. Prime Minister of New Zealand attended
the 300th year celebrations of the Creation of Khalsa in April
1999 held at the Gurdwara in Manurewa. Baba Ji made an appeal
to the Prime Minister on behalf of the people of ethnic minorities
who were seeking refugee status which she acknowledged to
look into. The new building of Nanaksar Sikh Temple was inaugurated
in March 2005. This is a 2 level architectural masterpiece,
which is a landmark for South Auckland in New Zealand. This
has been designed on the lines of The Golden Temple - the
holiest Sikh shrine in Northern India. The upstairs Worship
Hall promotes Spiritual Enhancement. The wide span without
any pillars gives it the "feel of grandness". The
sachkhand made of glass on a wide stage enhances the
spiritual presence in the Worship Hall. The ground floor hall
is the Community Hall with its own distinct features. On the
outside, the first to catch the eye are 40 small domes, 4
corner mid size domes and one big central dome on the roof.
The arched windows and the paint combination of Gold and White
colours make it strikingly vibrant.
In the state of Victoria, Australia Baba Amar Singh Ji purchased
a piece of land in Cranbourne in 1987-88. It was then an uninhabited
place without the basic facilities. One of the disciples remarked
and questioned as to why that holy man had purchased that
useless piece of land. If you look at it today Cranbourne
is one of the fast developing areas in Victoria and has all
the modern amenities such as schools, a railway station, supermarkets,
business centres etc. It is hoped Cranbourne will become fully
developed in the near future. Where there was nothing before,
there is a Gurdwara with an elementary school for the teaching
of the Punjabi Language with "Kirtan" training provided.
The new building project worth 2.5 million Dollars has already
reached the ground level. Regular religious services are taking
place in make-shift temple and the whole sikh community is supporting
the new project.
The main objective of Baba Amar Singh Ji's life is to link
the Sikh Sangat with formal education and Sikh religious knowledge.
He has always stressed on the need to acquire higher education
in this very competitive world of ours. According to him the
need to learn and understand "Gurbani" (Sikh religious
scriptures) is of utmost importance. It is only through education
one can truly understand the teachings embodied in the Guru
Granth Sahib. It will also facilitate further and deeper research.
Baba Isher Singh Ji also used to encourage good religious
education among children. Baba Amar Singh Ji is following
his foot steps by establishing various religious educational
institutions all over the world to spread Sikh
religious knowledge, culture and traditions. Besides this
Baba Ji has also undertaken other projects to give the new
generation higher education.
Baba Amar Singh Ji, realising the need of the 21st Century, has
opened up schools throughout India and abroad where besides
education to the needy, students are cultivating above ideals
in a remarkable way. In the UK and in other western countries, parents
are loosing control over their children who are falling victims
to drug abuse having abandoned their social, cultural
and religious values. Baba ji has got a clear vision to open
more and more educational institutions and to encourage various community development programmes in India as well
as overseas. By so doing, Baba Ji is trying to link the new
generation which seems to be straying away from its culture
and tradition, back to the main stream. This he feels can
only be done by concerted efforts by all through religious
and professional education in schools and colleges.
Baba Amar Singh Ji is continuously endeavouring to spread
the message of Guru Nanak's Universal Brotherhood and knowledge
across the entire world.