Singh Sahib Jathedar Akali Baba Surjit Singh Nihang 96 Crori is the Current Jathedar (Leader) of Shiromani Panth Akali Buddha Dal. This traditional organisation is the Khalsa Dal created by Guru Gobind Singh as the vanguard of the Sikh Panth. A number of famous Khalsa Jathedars came from this institution including Akali Baba Phula Singh Nihang of Buddha Dal and Akali Baba Deep Singh Nihang of Tarana Dal, to name a few. This organisation can trace its lineage back to the first army of the Sikhs called the Akali Dal at the time of the Sixth Guru and was named after Baba Buddha ji, and is therefore where the current organisation derives its name from.
Baba Surjit Singh hails from Marad village of Gurdaspur, Punjab, India, and was selected as the 14th Jathedar of Buddha Dal by his predecessor Singh Sahib Jathedar Baba Santa Singh 96 Crori. The veteran Nihang Singhs had a Khalsa meeting (Gurmatta), and Baba Surjit Singh ji was officially and democratically elected, due to his faithful and uncompromising nature and following of all the historical codes of conducts that his predecessors followed before him. Baba Surjit Singh began serving this battalion from a very young age where he was responsible for the hard and rigorous sewa of looking after the Guru’s horses for over 35 years. He is a dedicated member of the Dal Panth where he was a trusted and admired Hazuri Sewak of Akali Baba Santa Singh 96 Crori, under whose wing he learnt the Guru’s teachings and the prescribed rahit maryada. He is a true saint of the 21st century, as well as devotedly preserving the original traditions of the Guru and well versed in Sikh history, and the dynamics of the Gurus teachings. Baba Surjit Singh is a true practitioner of the teachings, as he only accepts the truth no matter what the outcome, and he has a vision to take Buddha Dal to the new heights.