Happy Children's Day: Know Four Bravehearts "Saahibzaade"
Ajit Singh, Jujhar Singh, Zorawar Singh, and Fateh Singh, the four sons of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, sacrifice their lives in an important battle against the Mughals.
Sikhs have "Singh" as their surname/middle name which translates to "lion", and lions are fearless, this is exactly what the Sikhs demonstrated throughout history.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji is the 10th Guru Sikh worship. Guru Gobind Singh Ji had four sons, the "Chaar Sahibzade". Ajit Singh Ji (18 years old), Jujhar Singh Ji (14 years old), Zorawar Singh Ji (9 years old), and Fateh Singh Ji (7 years old).
Baba Zorawar Singh Ji and Baba Fateh Singh Ji, the two youngest of the Chaar Sahibzade were told by Wazir Khan, the Nawab of Sirhind to be bricked alive because they refused to become Muslims. This event took place on 26th December 1705. Before the Chaar Sahibzade attained Martyrdom, they were captured and kept in a cold tower called "Thanda Burj" with their grandmother Mata Gujari, in the middle of winter.
They were taken to Fatehgarh Sahib where they had a brick wall built around them but had broken down before the Princes lost their breaths. Wazir Khan then ordered the executioners to slit the throats of the Princes. After hearing this news, their grandmother took her last breath.
The two older Princes, Baba Ajit Singh Ji and Baba Jujhar Singh Ji both fought in the Chamkaur battle, which attained their martyrdom. This is how Guru Gobind Singh Ji lost their four sons and mother.
Guru Gobind Singh then trained his disciples and appointed Baba Banda Singh Bahadur as the leader. The Sikhs fought in the battle of Chappar Chiri where Wazir Khan was killed, which took place on 22nd May 1710.
For Sikhs, history is a long legacy of martyrdom, sacrifice, and hardship; most of all, it is a history of devotion and faith despite the difficulty of it. Even when there was gold offered for our heads and the legacies of children became their death before they even reached adolescence, our faith and discipline came first. The lessons of truthfulness and honesty above all else had been passed down through our Gurus. These lessons remind us that the same Creator is in all of us, and it is through recognition of that Divine Light that we can find peace among our differences. At that time, many members of the Mughal Empire had perverted this message for their own good, and today we see other empires, governments, and so-called leaders doing the same with our faith and remembrances. As we continue to see the perversion of religious traditions, of nationalism and patriotism, of war and greed, I look to the strength and sacrifice of these Sikhs to remind me to look for justice and truth in all fights.