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Bansāvalīnāma and Mahimā Prakāś
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The Bansāvalīnāma by Kesar Siṅgh Chibbar and the Mahimā Prakāś by Sarūp Dās Bhallā were composed in the early phase of Sikh rule. Written respectively in 1769 and 1776, both cover the ten gurūs. Kesar Siṅgh Chibbar, however, covers history up to the contemporary times, whereas Sarūp Dās Bhallā stops at Bandā. Both authors present an exaggerated role of their ancestors, and both seem to be interested in receiving patronage from the emergent Sikh rulers. Yet, the points of agre…

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Grewal, J.S., “Bansāvalīnāma and Mahimā Prakāś”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Sikhism Online, Editor-in-Chief Knut A. Jacobsen. Consulted online on 26 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2017

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