Bhai Dyala ji (died 9 November 1675), variously spelt as Bhai Dayala, Bhai Diala, (Punjabi: ਭਾਈ ਦਿਆਲਾ ਜੀ, Hindi: भाई दयाला जी), was an early martyr of the Sikh faith. Along with his companions Bhai Mati Das and Bhai Sati Das as well as Ninth Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, Bhai Dayala was killed at Chandni Chowk at Delhi in November 1675.
Ethnicity of Bhai Dayala Ji
According to one version, Bhai Dayala belonged to Dullat family of Chaudhury Bika Dullat (Jatt). He is said to have been a real brother of Bhai Mani Singh Dullat from Kambowal, now Longowal, Sangrur, Punjab, whom Giani Gian Singh Dullat has connected with Bhai Mani Singh.This clue about Bhai Dayala was arbitrarily drawn by someone from Longowal based on the erroneous information provided by Giani Gian Singh in the first edition of his Panth Parkash (published 1874 AD) in which it is erroneously stated that Bhai Mani Singh Dullat was son of Chaudhury BIKA DULLAT and had four brothers, including one named Nagahya. But Giani Gian Singh nowhere stated that Bhai Dayala was one of the FIVE sons of Chaudhury Bika Dullat or that he (Bhai Dayala) was a brother of Bhai Mani Singh Dullat
In later editions of his Panth Parkash, Giani Gian Singh writes that Bhai Mani Singh Dullat had only one elder brother, Bhai Nagahya Dullat (whom he claims is a "Bhagat" or a religious person) and that "the name of their father was Chaudhury KALA DULLAT" The claim that Bhai Dayala was real brother of Bhai Mani Singh Dullat and hailed from Kambowal (now Longowal) is negated by Giani Gian Singh's own writings in later editions.
According to another claim which is solely based on the Bhat Vahis Bhai Dayala was son of Mai Das and elder brother to Bhai Mani Ram of Punwar Rajput (originally from Alipore, Multan (present-day Pakistan)).
According to Satbir Singh, Bhai Dayala was the brother of Bhai Mani Singh and belonged to village Kakaru in District Ambala, now in Haryana. The village is commonly called "Theh". But according to Harbans Singh Thind, Bhai Dayala was born in village Kalhe in Majha-des, District AMRITSAR, Tehsil Tarn Taran in a family of Kamboh farmers. The village Kalha adjoins village Kang and is located few miles east of Tarn Taran. His father Lall Chand was from Mutti clan of the Kamboj. His mother’s name was Chandika. Sher Singh Sher writes that Bhai Dayala ji belonged to the Kambo or Kamboh caste and was a paternal uncle of Bhai Mani Singh . Another research scholar S Kirpal Singh states that Bhai Dayala was Kamboj but does not give any further information about his family or his village. A likely scenario is that Bhai Dayala belonged to those families of Kambohs which had earlier moved from Kambohwal (now Longowal) and had settled at Anandpur in the service of the Gurughar during the times of ninth Guru.
Bhai Dayala was one of the Sikhs who accompanied Guru Tegh Bahadur when the latter left Anandpur for Delhi on 11 July 1675, the other two were brothers---Bhai Mati Das, a Dewan and Bhai Sati Das, a Scribe at Guru’s court. Along with the Ninth Guru, they were arrested on orders of Emperor Aurangzeb at Agra. On 9 November 1675 A.D he was put into a big cauldron full of water which was later heated to the boiling point. It is said that in the end all of his skin was peeled off the bones in boiling water and he died.