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Bhai Navala, and his brother Bhai Nihala, Sabharval Khatris of Palna, were devoted Sikhs respected widely for their truthful and hospitable nature. Once they called on Guru Hargobind seeking instruction. According to Bhai Mani Singh, Sikhdn di Bhagat Maid, Guru Hargobind taught them always to remember God and serve others with humility.
Bhai Navala and Bhai Nihala were popular expounders of the sacred hymns as well as trained soldiers. They served in Guru Hargobind's retinue. As records Bhai Santokh Singh, in the Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth, Navala while in command of a platoon during the battle of Amritsar, was assigned the task of evacuating the Guru's family to Goindval via Jhabal.
Nihala died in action the following day.
1. Mani Singh, Bhai, Sikhan di Bhagat Maid. Amritsar, 1955
2. Santokh Singh, Bhai, Sri Gur Pratap Suraj Granth. Amritsar, 1927-35