Harjinder Singh Dilgeer

Harjinder Singh Dilgeer

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Harjinder Singh Dilgeer Profile

  • Name:
  • Harjinder Singh Dilgeer
  • Father:
  • Gurbakhsh Singh
  • Mother:
  • Jagtar Kaur

Harjinder Singh Dilgeer Biography

Harjinder Singh Dilgeer is a well-known philosopher of Sikh religion and community. One of the prominent figures of Sikhism in the 20th and at present, he is also a religious author of Sikhism and is best known for his magnum opus - The Sikh Reference Book which includes more than 2400 biographies, complete chronology of Sikh history, 400 concepts of Sikh philosophy, apart from the notes on 800 Sikh shrines. His writings and knowledge on Sikh culture, the history of Akal Takht Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, and Kiratpur Sahib, Shiromani Akali Dal etc are well known. He has also authored Encyclopaedia of Jalandhar, Sikh Twareekh and a Sikh Encyclopaedia in CD format. Currently he is a citizen of Norway and lives in England.


He was born in Jalandhar, Punjab to Gurbakhsh Singh and Jagtar Kaur. But his family is of Jaisalmer origin, a place in Rajasthan. He holds Master’s in English, and Punjabi and Philosophy, degrees he attained during 1970s. He also received M.Phil, LLB and Ph. D by Panjab University. He later started his professional career as a lecturer and has worked in many colleges and universities. He has also attained many diplomas and degrees on various subjects.


In 1966, he published a collection of love poems titled – Bewafaian. Eskimo Smile (1972) and Kamu Ronda Rahega (1973) are his novels. Ikki Ghante is a collection of stories. Apart from these works, he has written countless books on the religion – Sikhism. He is a recipient of 'Shan-i-Punjab' award in 1995, 'Giani Garja Singh Award' in 2004, 'Kohinoor Award' in 2005, 'National Professor of Sikh Studies' award in Birmingham in 2006 and many more. He has also edited many books.

Updated: January 28, 2016

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