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This is the sacrifice day of Guru Teg Bahadur who died on 5 December 1675 in Delhi. Sahid Divas falls in the month of Margasirsa (Nov.-Dec.).


It commemorates Guru’s sacrifice to protect Hinduism. Katha, recitation are organised and past religious activities are evaluated on the occasion.

Kashmiri brahmins were known to be most orthodox and also highly eru­dite. The Moghul emperor thought that if they accepted Islam, others in the country would be converted readily.

Hindu community of the province was given six months to make up their mind to either accept Islam or face the dire conse­quences. At last, the Kashmiri brahmins decided to make a pilgrimage to Amarnath and seek intervention of the deity.

It is at this temple, Pandit Kirpa Ram, a devotee dreamed that they could be protected only by Guru Teg Bahadur, the ninth Guru of the Sikhs. The Hindu worshippers atonce left for Punjab and reached Anandpur via Amritsar. Guru heard their plight and soon lost in deep thought when his Gobind Rai, the young lad enquired about his perplexed mood.


The father ex­plained to him the situation the people from Kashmir were involved in and told “They can be saved only if a great soul can offer himself for martyrdom.” “Then who is greater than you?” remarked the future Guru of the Sikhs. The father was assured that the youth was ready to take over. Now Guru Teg Bahadur tells the visitors to go back and inform their tormentors they would be willing to accept Islam if Guru Teg Bahadur could first be persuaded to do so.

The king at once ordered the arrest of the Guru and he is now brought to Delhi. On the afternoon of 11 November 1675, he was beheaded in the presence of thousands of people. It is said that the execution was followed immediately by a sandstorm, the like of which Delhi had never’ known before.

Under cover of a blinding storm, Bhai Jaita picked up the Guru’s sacred head and dashed to Anandpur Sahib. Then Bhai Lakhi Shah, Government contractor who had access to the Kotwali, picked up the remain­ing part of the Guru’s body and put it in his cart loaded with sundry goods, he immediately left the town.

Reaching the present site of Gurudwara Rakab Ganj, he set his house on fire along with the Guru’s body. It is also believed that when Bhai Jaita who was carrying Guru Teg Bahadur’s severed head to Anandpur, now wanted that it should not be revealed that Guru’s head had been smuggled out. So, it must be replaced my another head to mislead the king’s men.

At this Bhai Jaita’s own father volunteered to have his head substituted for the Guru’s severed head. Guru Teg Bahadur’s martyrdom is unique in history. K.S. Duggal writes: People give their lives for principles dear to them, ideals cherished by them and faiths they hold. There is hardly anyone who stakes his life for other people’s faith.

The supreme sacrifice made by Guru Teg Bahadur stemmed the tide intolerance in the subcontinent and inculcated in the people respect for other religions. To quote Guru Gobind Singh, who wrote about Guru Teg Bahadur’s death : He broke his potsherd on the Delhi King’s head. And he left for paradise. None else in this world can match Tegh Bahadur’s sacrifice. The people mourned Tegh Bahadur’s passing away. There was wailing in the world but rejoicing in heaven.

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