Memorial Day: How Guru Tegh Bahadur Sacrificed His Life to Save the Lives of Hindus

Guru Tegh Bahadur is the ninth Guru of the Sikhs community. He sacrificed his life in order to protect religion and humanity. Today, the nation is commemorating the death anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur. On November 24, he got beheaded by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.

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Why Guru Tegh Bahadur Got Beheaded?

In the sixteenth century, in the court of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, a scholar Pandit used to read verses of Gita daily and recite its meaning in front of the emperor, but he used to leave some of the verses of Gita. Aurangzeb was interested in all the religions, so he wanted to understand the Gita. One day the Pandit fell ill and sent his son to the court of Aurangzeb to read the Gita, but forgot to tell him what verses he did not have to tell the king. Pandit’s son went and recites the meaning of the entire Gita to Aurangzeb.

Listening to the full meaning of the Gita, Aurangzeb came to know that every religion is great in itself, but he could not bear the praise of any religion other than his religion. Then, he ordered everyone to convert to Islam. With his forceful conversion, the life of people of other religions became very difficult. People who were suffering atrocities came to Guru Teghbahadur and told him how they were being tortured to accept Islam.

Guru Tegh Bahadur told them to go to Aurangzeb and tell that if Guru Tegh Bahadur had converted to Islam, then we would also convert to Islam. Aurangzeb accepted this. Guru Teg Bahadur went to the court of Aurangzeb in Delhi himself. Aurangzeb gave him a lot of greed but Guru Tegh Bahadur did not believe him. Henceforth, Aurangzeb committed various atrocities against him.

Guruji told Aurangzeb that if you force people to convert to Islam, then you are not a true Muslim because Islam does not teach that anyone should be made a Muslim. On hearing this, Aurangzeb became enraged and ordered to cut the head of Guru Tegh Bahadur at Chandni Chowk in Delhi. Guru Tegh Bahadur didn’t afraid, he sacrificed his life laughingly. A gurudwara has been built in memory of Guru Tegh Bahadur at his martyr site, whose name is Gurdwara Sheesh Ganj Sahib.


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