Nowshera – Jhelum – Dera Ismail Khan


- Sant Kirpal Singh -





“I was very fond of rivers, ponds, water. Even in my young life,
I used to go and sit by the waterside, or some river, the whole night through.”

Sant Kirpal Singh





“I used to pray like that. ‘If You could reveal Yourself to the old saints’ – sometimes there are stories like that – ‘why can't You do it in my case? I'm convinced; I've great regard for that need; but there are so many Masters – whom shall I select?’

With this, my Master [Baba Sawan Singh] began to appear to me when I sat in meditation or when I was doing something. I thought perhaps it was Guru Nanak. He used to talk to me. In those days there was the first Great War, and my brother was on the Indian front along the Persian side. I used to traverse along with him and went to those places, here, there and everywhere.

I was very fond of rivers, ponds, water. Even in my young life, I used to go and sit by the waterside, or some river, the whole night through, in a calm and quiet place. The running water helps a little to concentrate. So this went on for some time.

In the meantime, I was first at Peshawar, and then I was transferred to Nowshera station: a river runs by there. I used to sit by that riverside for hours. Then I came to Jhelum side. That is also by the riverside, and I sat there for hours on end. I was very fond of swimming, too.”

Sant Kirpal Singh



Comment: The Master does not mention here His having been posted at Dera Ismail Khan as an accounts officer of the 36th Sikh Regiment. However, an incident which happened there, involving a fearful looking dacoit who used to sweep Master’s rooms during His absence, is well known. There is no proof, however, that the Master actually switched from Jhelum to Dera Ismail Khan, and from there to Lahore. This chronological order is assumed from various reports about His early years, in various sources. Sant Kirpal Singh joined the Military Engineering Service at Peshawar in 1911, thus He probably spent one year serving as an accounts officer in Peshawar, Nowshera, Jhelum and Dera Ismail Khan, before He moved to Lahore to join the Military Accounts Department around 1912.





Nowshera (Urdu: نوشہرہ) called by the locals "Now-khaar" is a town and a cantonment in the Peshawar District of the North-West Frontier Province, then in British India, today in Pakistan. Lying on a sandy plain surrounded by hills, on the right bank of the Kabul River 43 km (27 m) east of Peshawar, Nowshera is a commercial and industrial centre that is connected by rail and road with Dargai (Malakand Pass), Mardan, Peshawar, and Rawalpindi.




Jhelum (Urdu: جہلم) is a city in northern Punjab, situated on the right bank of the river Jhelum, here crossed by a bridge of the North-Western railway, 160 km (100 m) north of Lahore. The area's history dates back at least to the 3d cent. B.C. Old Jhelum stood on the left bank of the river; boatmen crossed the river and founded the new town on the right bank.

Sant Kirpal Singh’s home village Saiyid Kasran is just 60 km (40 m) north east of Jhelum.



Dera Ismail Khan

Dera Ismail Khan (Urdu: ڈیرہ اسما عیل خان) is a city in North West Frontier Province, Pakistan. The town is situated on the west bank of the Indus River. Dera Ismail Khan is a very backward area of Pakistan and most of the people live below poverty line. Despite being situated on the bank of Indus River, the area is dry and very hot. The city is located 340 km (212 m) south of Peshawar, and with the partly constructed Indus Highway, the journey time is around five hours from there. Dera Ismail Khan is the last major town in the south of the North West Frontier Province. Seven centuries old, it is rich in socio-cultural heritage, archaeological antiques and the remnants of the glorious past.





Maps and Pictures

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Kabul River near

Jhelum River
near Jhelum

Indus River near
Dera Ismail Khan






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