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Bhatt Bhika

Bhatt Bhika was a Brahmin singer and poet who later converted to Sikhism and contributed to the verses in the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs. He is one of the 11 poets belonging to the Bhatt community, whose writings are included in the holy book.

Bhatt Bhika converted to Sikhism in the presence of Guru Amardas. He composed 2 ‘swaiyas,’ a style of poetry used by the Bhatts, in praise of the lord. He introduced 16 other minstrels from his community to Guru Arjan Dev, the successive guru. This guru accepted these singers under the Sikh religious faith. Under their new faith, the minstrels composed and praised the lord and the Sikh gurus. Some of these compositions have been included in the Guru Granth Sahib.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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