Prime Minister of India participated in a historic programme marking ‘Veer Bal Diwas’ at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi, to mark the martyrdom of Sri Guru Gobind Singh’s sons.
Who were the Sahibzadas?
- Guru Gobind Singh ji had four sons – Sahibzada Ajit Singh, Sahibzada Jujhar Singh, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh.
- All four of his sons were initiated into the Khalsa and all were executed by Mughal forces before the age of 19.
- Sikhism honours the illustrious martyred sons of Guru Gobind Singh ji in the prayer of ardas for their valor and sacrifice as ‘Char Sahibzade’, that is the four princes of the Khalsa warrior order.
- On December 26th, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh attained martyrdom when they were executed by the Mughals in 1705.
- The brothers were captured with their grandmother Mata Gujari, the mother of Guru Gobind Singh.
- They were imprisoned with their grandmother and put to death by cruel Mughals on the orders of Aurangzeb, who attempted to suffocate them inside a brick enclosure.
- At the time of martyrdom, the ages of Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh were 9 years and 6 years respectively. This sacrifice is seen as the bravest sacrifice for Dharma by any young boys in Indian history.
About the ‘Guru Gobind Singh’ –
- He was the 10th Sikh guru.
- He became the Sikh guru at the age of nine, following the demise of his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru.
- Also known for his significant contributions to the Sikh religion, including the introduction of the turban to cover hair.
- He is renowned for founding the principles of Khalsa or the Five ‘K’s i.e kesh (uncut hair), kanga (wooden comb), kara (iron or steel bracelet), kirpan (dagger) and kachera (short breeches).
- He fought against the Mughals later in the battle of Muktsar in 1705.
- Guru Gobind Singh was killed by a Mughal assassin in 1708, a year after the death of Aurangzeb.