Sant Attar Singh Ji was born on
28 March 1866. He learnt Punjabi at the village
dera and assisted his father in agricultural
work. When he was 17 he joined the Indian Army.
While in the army, he got baptized. He left the
army in 1888 and undertook a long journey on
foot from Dera Ghazi Khan (now in Pakistan) to
At Hazoor Sahib, he meditated for
about two years. He then walked to Hardwar and
finally Rishikesh where he continued with his
simran for a year. He then went to his village
Cheema and stayed there in his fields for three
months and taught his mother to recite Japji
While on his way to Panja Sahib,
he stayed with Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji at village
Shahan-Di-Dheri for nine months. During this
period, he completed the continuous recitation
of Guru Granth Sahib numerous times.
After a pilgrimage to Panj a
Sahib and meditating for a few months in the
secluded hills of Kohmari mountain, Sant Ji
settled in a jungle area of village Kanoha (now
in Pakistan). He meditated at this place with
great intensity and went without food for
Word quickly spread about his
piety and the seekers flocked in large numbers
to him to pay their obeisance. Shabad Kirtan and
Guru-Ka-Langar and congregations began at
different places under the guidance of Sant Ji.
Sant Ji also met Sant Baba Sham Singh Ji . He
arranged for the construction of various
Gurdwaras including 'Guru Sagar, Mastuana', and
'Guru Kashi, Damdarna Sahib'.
Sant Ji baptised approximately
fourteen lakh Sikhs. He was committed to
educating children and established a series of
schools and colleges at different places. He
attended Educational Conferences and gave
spiritual guidance to all. On being entreated by
Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya - a great social
thinker and social reformer, and a number of
Rajas and Maharajas, he agreed to lay the
foundation stone of the first Sanskrit College
at Benares Hindu University.
Sant Ji made Mastuana Sahib a key
centre for the growth of Sikhism. He passed on
on 31 March, 1927.