Guru Sahib beheaded in Chandni Chowk
‘Hind Di Chaadar’ Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji was martyred on this date at Chandni Chowk, Delhi by then Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, for his perseverance to save the basic human right of Hindu community in particular and The Humanity in general, of practicing any faith freely without interference or duress.
Emperor Aurangzeb was a Mughal Ruler who ruled on The Delhi Takht for 49 years, from 1658 to 1707, proving to be the opposite of what his forefathers like Emperor Akbar had preached – ‘Religious Freedom for all’. As soon as he came to power, he started converting Non-Muslims to Muslim faith forcibly, especially Hindus.
A group of Kashmiri Pandits led by Pandit Kirpa Ram from Kashmir came to Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji in early 1675 AD to seek his help in this acute hour. Guru Ji told Pandits that the need of the hour was the sacrifice of a great soul. On hearing this, 8 year old Gobind Rai, who was sitting in the congregation, said,” There would be no one else as great as you dear father, for this cause !” Guru Ji then decided to give away his life to save the Hindu Community from the terror of Aurangzeb.
Guru Ji was arrested and brought to Delhi for conversion to Muslim Faith by Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb tried every trick to make the Guru bend, but Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib was firm on his stand and stuck to Guru Nanak Dev’s Path.
Then on 24th November 1675 AD, Guru Teg Bahadur Ji was beheaded by a Muslim executioner Sayyed Jalal-Ud-Din of Samana (who was later killed by Banda Singh Bahadur) on the command of Aurangzeb. Gurudwara Sees Ganj Sahib stands at the site of the martyrdom now. Bhai Jeevan Singh (ranghretta, guru ka beta) delivered The Head of the Guru to Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji at Anandpur Sahib and the body was cremated at Delhi itself by Bhai Lakhhi Shah.
Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib stands now at the site of cremation.
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