Bala Sandhu (1466 - 1544) is a revered personality in the Sikh history. He was a long time companion of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. He traveled along with the guru in the journey undertaken for preaching the new religion. His experiences with the guru are recorded in the text named Bhai Bale Vali Janam Sakhi, which gives a detailed biographical account of Guru Nanak’s life.
Following the death of Guru Nanak, Guru Angad succeeded as the new Sikh guru. He wanted to record the events of the first guru. He sought the help of Bala Sandhu, who had followed Guru Nanak in the long journeys. The resulting text, Bhai Bale Vali Janam Sakhi, has become a revered scripture for the Sikhs.
Bala Sandhu, who died in the year 1544, was cremated at the site where Gurdwara Khadur Sahib stands today. This sacred place contains a memorial platform dedicated to him.