The Amazing Hindu warrior Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa

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Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa:- In the past, Sindh and Punjab had to bear the brunt of the foreign invaders on India. Ranjit Singh duly became Maharaja in 1802. During their 40 years of rule, he had to constantly fight with the Afghans and the Pathans.

The main role in this is that of his commander Hari singh Nalwa. In 1802 he defeated Nizamuddin, the Pathan ruler of Kasur, and in 1803, the Pathans of battle. In 1807, he defeated Muzaffar Khan, the ruler of Multan, and began to take an annual tax.

  • Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa was the best general in India, who is great in terms of strategy and tactical skills.
  • Hari singh Nalwa was the army chief of Maharaja Ranjit Singh who led many wars with the Pathans.
  • Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa conquered Kashmir to Kabul and got his iron.

How was the name Nalwa

Emperor Ranjit Singh once went hunting in the jungle. He was accompanied by some soldiers and Hari Singh Nalwa. At the same time, a huge tiger attacked him. At the time when all were in panic due to fear, Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa came to the fore.

In this dangerous encounter, Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa grabbed the tiger’s jaws with both his hands and ripped his mouth from the middle. Seeing his bravery, Ranjit Singh said, ‘You are a hero like Raja Nal‘. Since then, he became famous as ‘Nalwa’. Since then, he has also become famous as the Baagha mara.

Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa history

Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa was born on 28 April 1791 in a Sikh family in Gujranwala Punjab. Nalwa Ji’s father is Gurdial Singh Uppal and his mother is Dharma Kaur. As a child, he was affectionately called “Hariya” by his housemates. His father died at the age of seven.

Story of a Hindu hero who never lost in war

After this war, the name of Veerwar Harisingh Nalwa became synonymous with terror for Muslims from Peshawar to Kabul. The mothers there used to tell their children that if you do not sleep, Nalwa will come. Ranjit Singh focused on Peshawar and Kashmir by winning Multan and Attock.

Ata Mohammed, the son of Sher Mohammad Khan, the Wazir of Kabul, was ruling in Kashmir. After winning it in 1819, Diwan Motiram was made and then in 1820, Harisingh Nalwa was made the Subedar. This brought Kashmir under full control. In 1822, Harisingh was made the ruler of Hazara, the stronghold of the Afghans.

Along with trained soldiers in the Pathan and Afghan armies, there was also a ‘Mulki Sena’ collected in the name of Jihad. In 1823, there was a heavy war between the two armies at Noshara across from Attock. 10,000 Afghan soldiers were killed, causing heavy damage here as well.

Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa
The Rock Aornos from Huzara. From Nature by General James Abbott 1850. Photo credit by Wikipedia

Akali Foolasingh and thousands of Sikh sacrifices took place, But Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa won. They snatched ammunition and artillery from the Afghans. Due to this, their rage was set up in Kabul and Kandahar. He made the Subedar Budh Signh Sandhawalia there. But the Pathans and Afghans continued to struggle.

Between 1826 and 1831, the act of waging jihad against the Sikh state was done mainly by Syed Ahmad Khan, a resident of Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh). The Pathan called him ‘Syed Badshah’. He attacked in 1827 with 50,000 jihadis and 20,000 soldiers of the Barakzai clan of Peshawar.

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There was a fierce battle between the Sikhs and the Jihadis at Pirpai, 32 km from Peshawar. Budh Singh had 10,000 soldiers and 12 cannons. In a few hours, 6,000 Mujahideen were killed, so their feet got uprooted. Syed Ahmed escaped and hid in the mountains of Swat.

But this struggle did not stop. On May 8, 1831, the Muslim army was badly defeated in the Battle of Balakot. Syed Badshah was also killed. The Sikh army was led by Sher Singh, the son of Ranjit Singh. Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa was the ruler of the entire Peshawar region at this time. In 1837.

Amir Mohammad Khan of Kabul, with a large army and 40 cannons, marched to the fort of Jamwa, Nalwa. The struggle went on for months. Harisingh Nalwa was ill in those days, yet on 30 April 1837, he came to the battlefield. The Afghan army started fleeing as soon as he heard his name.

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At the same time, some Afghan soldiers hiding behind a rock opened fire on them. They fell from the horse. In this way, the conqueror of India’s victory flag to Kabul, Kandahar, and Peshawar gained heroism on the battlefield itself.

Hari Singh Nalwa

Table credit Wikipedia

Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa

Painting of Hari Singh Nalwa, by Hasan al-Din, Lahore, ca.1845-50
  • Baghmar[1]
  • (Tiger-Killer)
Born29 April 1791
GujranwalaShukarchakia MislSikh Confederacy
(present-day PunjabPakistan)
Died30 April 1837
JamrudKhyber PassSikh Empire
(present-day Khyber PakhtunkhwaPakistan)
Allegiance Sikh Empire
Service/branchSikh Khalsa Army
Years of service1804–1837
Commands held
  • Raj Kaur
  • Desan Kaur
  • Gurdial Singh Uppal (father)
  • Dharm Kaur (mother)
SignatureSardar Hari Singh Nalwa

Hari Singh Nalwa Battles

Afghan-Sikh Wars

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Courtesy:– Some information has been taken directly from Wikipedia. Thanks to Wikipedia for all this information.


My name is Rangat Roy. I am a student, as well as a part-time freelance blogger, and a journalist without any degree. Last 6 years of experience in the world of blogging.

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