Guru Tegh Bahadur Shaheed Diwas
November 24 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm| Free
Guru Tegh Bahadur:
Guru Tech Bahadur is a poet, a thinker, and a warrior. Guru Teg Bahadur Ji carried forward the light of sanctity and divinity of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the subsequent Sikh Gurus. His spiritual writings, detailing varied themes such as the nature of God, human attachments, body, mind, sorrow, dignity, service, death, and deliverance, are registered in the form of 116 poetic hymns in the sacred scripture, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji was approached by Hindu Pandits from the Kashmir region, seeking the Guru’s intercession against the forced conversions of Hindus to Islam by the Mughal rulers of India.
One of the tenets of Sikhism is the universal brotherhood of man which was espoused by the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Guru Tegh Bahadur was a pious man whose life was a living example of humility, piety, and compassion and whose sublime poetry embodies worldly detachment and is incorporated in the Sikh holy scripture, The Guru Granth Sahib. Guruji is often referred to as Hind Ki Chadar, meaning The Shielder of the Hindus.
Pandit Kirpa Ram then narrated the atrocities being committed on the Hindus and the dilemma they were in as Aurangzeb had given them a deadline to accept Islam or be prepared for execution. They pleaded for help.
Hearing this Guruji became silent and pensive. When his son Gobind Rai enquired about the reason for being in thought, Guruji related all that the Kashmiri Pandits had transpired and then added that a great soul needs to sacrifice his life, to stop this oppression.