Guru Teg Bahadur Shaheedi Diwas: Guru Teg Bahadur Ji was the ninth Guru of Sikhs. One of the most revered Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur Ji was born on April 18, 1621, and immersed in the divine light on November 24, 1675. He became a Guru on April 16, 1664.
Guru Teg Bahadur Ji sacrificed his life for the greater good of the humanity and left behind his great teachings to be followed by his disciples.
Guru Teg Bahadur Shaheedi Diwas Story – The Epic story of Valour
He was originally named Tyag Mal at the time of birth by his father Guru Hargobind Singh Ji (the sixth Guru of Sikhs). Apart from being a calm and humble devotee of the divine lord, he was a great warrior also.
In 1675, the scenario in India was deplorable. The tyrant ruler Aurangzeb used coercive ways to torture the innocent people of the state. He aimed at converting all the Indians to Islam and thought that if he succeeded in converting the Kashmiri Pandits to Islam, the rest will follow suit since the Hindus were respected and their preaching was obeyed by the others.
Terrifies to the core, the Kashmiri Pandits came to Guru Teg Bahadur Ji for help and told him that the tyrant Aurangzeb has asked them to convert to Islam or die at his hands.
The ninth Guru listened to them calmly and said that a great soul needs to come forward in order to face Aurangzeb’s wrath and save the innocent souls. To this, his son Gobind Rai (9-years-old at that time) replied – Who is more capable for this than you father?
Guru Ji decided to travel to Delhi to meet Aurangzeb and said that if Aurangzeb converts him and his Sikhs who accompanied him to Islam, the Kashmiri Pandits will also do the same.
Guru Ji and his Sikhs were asked by Aurangzeb to convert to Islam or embrace death to which Guru Ji said that he would rather die than giving up his faith.
Aurangzeb then tortured Guru Ji using the cruellest methods and finally after 8 days of torture beheaded him. His disciples were also killed by the tyrant Aurangzeb by using coercive ways.
Guru Ji was a great soul, and he happily accepted death rather than giving in to the commands of the cruel ruler Aurangzeb. His sacrifices are still remembered with great reverence.