Hare Krishna Singh

Hare Krishna Singh was the commander-in-chief of Kunwar Singh's forces in the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and also served under his brother Babu Amar Singh.[1]

Hare Krishna Singh
Shahabad district, Bihar
Died1858 (aged 30)
Years of service1857-1858

Early lifeEdit

Hare Krishna Singh was born in 1827 in the village of Barubhee in erstwhile Shahabad district of Bihar to Shri Aidal Singh who was a prominent landlord in the region. His original occupation was as a tehsildar for the Jagdishpur estate and was in charge of Piro pargana.[2] British sources describe him as a middle sized man who was 30 years old at the time of the rebellion. He wore whiskers moustache and brushed them upwards in the style of an up-country sowar.[3]

Role in the 1857 rebellionEdit

He played an important role in convincing Kunwar Singh to take up arms against the British and was given the duty to command his forces.[4] He was aged 30 at the time of the rebellion and participated in many battles against the British forces. He is considered by some to have been the "prime mover" of the rebellion against the British in Bihar as he was instrumental in recruiting the mutinous sepoys stationed at Danapur with 3 regiments marching to join the rebels in Jagdispur.[4] He marched with the force westwards towards Lucknow and achieved a major victory in a battle against Major Douglas in Lohara 10 miles west of Azamgarh.[4]

After Kunwar Singh's death he continued to serve under his brother Babu Amar Singh.[4][5] During the period after Kunwar Singh's death, a bounty of Rs 1000 was placed on his head by the British.[6] He was also made the head of the government under the authority of Amar Singh and was considered to have run an efficient military system with different ranks being awarded to soldiers.[6]

He was eventually captured in 1858 and sentenced to death by hanging.[7]


  1. ^ Badri Narayan (1998). "Popular Culture and 1857: A Memory against Forgetting". Social Scientist. 26 (1/4): 86–94. doi:10.2307/3517583. JSTOR 3517583.
  2. ^ Yashwantrao Balwantrao Chavan (1973). Who's Who Of Indian Martyrs, volume 3. Ministry of Education and Youth Services, Government of India. pp. 51.
  3. ^ Kalikinkar Datta (1957). Biography of Kunwar Singh and Amar Singh. K.P. Jayaswal Research Institute. pp. 98–99.
  4. ^ a b c d P. Kumar (1982). "Hare Krishna Singh - The Prime-Mover of 1857 in Bihar". Proceedings of the Indian History Congress. 43: 610–617. JSTOR 44141296.
  5. ^ S. Purushottam Kumar (1983). "KUNWAR SINGH'S FAILURE IN 1857". Proceedings of the Indian History Congress. 44: 360–369. JSTOR 44139859.
  6. ^ a b K. Datta (1957). Unrest Against British Rule In Bihar(1831-1859). Superintendent Secretariat Press. pp. 55–60.
  7. ^ Sarvesh Kumar (2007). "THE REVOLT OF 1857: 'REAL HEROES OF BIHAR WHO HAVE BEEN DROPPED FROM MEMORY' — AN HOMAGE". Proceedings of the Indian History Congress. 68: 1454. JSTOR 44145679.