Pingalwara, founded by Bhagat Puran Singh, is a home for the homeless, a hope for the forlorn, a hospital for the sick and a cradle for the orphaned and abandoned child. It was conceived in the serene environment of Gurdwara Dehra Sahib, Lahore where the founder used to come across some destitute and hapless, uncared sick and old people fending for themselves on the road-side footpaths, etc. And, it was built in Amritsar after the partition of the country. Pingalwara was got registered as ‘All India Pingalwara Charitable Society (Regd.), Amritsar’ by its founder from the Registrar of Companies, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh on 6.3.1957. The idea and the need for establishing this institution came into the mind of its founder in the said Gurdwara, which was further intensely felt by him in 1934 C.E. when a spastic child of four came under his care.
In the beginning, the founder had to face many difficulties. He was not only shelterless but also had no provision for food, clothing, medicines etc. He was keeping his inmates in shanties built on road berms, footpaths etc. Ultimately, he was able to purchase the land under the present Head office from the District Rent and Managing Officer of the Rehabilitation Department in 1958.