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Friday, November 24, 2006

Dhan Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib jee....

Shahidee of Dhan Dhan Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib jee Maharaaj falls Nov 24. following is a brief write up about circumstances leading to his sacrifice....

Aurangzeb who ruled over India started destroying/converting Hindu temples to Masjids. Though he started forced conversions in the whole country i.e. all the Southern states, Bengal, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat etc., to achieve this, he started systematic and vigorous conversion of the high caste Brahmins of Kashmir, from Northern most side of the country. In about 1674 AD the Kashmiri Brahmins requested Guru Teg Bahadur, the 9th guru of the Sikhs to save them. To put an end to this cruel conversion, Guru Teg Bahadur after choosing his son the next successive Guru of the Sikhs, offered himself for the supreme sacrifice .

In 1675 AD Guru Teg Bagadur was arrested in Agra with few of his followers and brought back to Delhi. He was asked to: 1. Convert to Muslim Religion. 2. To prove to be a godly person, show some miracles. 3. Accept death.

His reply was:
1. It is an individual's right to choose religion of his own free will. 2. Showing miracles is going against the Will of God and against the laws of Nature. 3. There is no fear of death and he is prepared to die.

The Guru was imprisoned in an iron cage. To give fear of death, three of his followers were killed in his presence. One Sikh was cut longitudinally in two peaces with a saw by fixing him in wooden planks, another was boiled in water and the third was burnt in cotton. With their face towards the Guru, the three Sikhs sacrificed themselves without a pinch of remorse or sorrow. Name of God was residing in the heart of Guru and he remained untouched. After this he was beheaded. This occurred in the year 1675 AD. The place of this occurrence is called Gurudwara Sis Ganj at Delhi, very near to the historic Red Fort.

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