Gurudwara Banda Bahadur - Delhi
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About Gurudwara Banda Bahadur
Gurdwara Shahidi Asthaan Baba Banda Singh Bahadur is situated near Post Office in Meharauli Area of Delhi near the Qutab Minar. It is a place where Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Ji, his four year old son Ajai Singh along with forty Sikhs were tortured to death by the Mughals.
Mughal Ruler Farrukh Siyar, gave him unusual choice of death or to converts his religion to Islam, but Baba Banda Singh Bahadur chooses death. Farrukh Siyar then ordered Banda Singh to kill his own son Ajai Singh, but Baba Banda Singh Bahadur refuses to do so. Thereafter they butchered the innocent child. His heart was cut out and forced into Banda's mouth. Banda's Body was then hung on a Gate where he was skinned alive. Then his body was pierced with red hot rods; finally he dismembered limb by limb. His courage is unique. This Gurudwara marks the site of the martyrdom of Banda Singh Bahadur.
Bahadur was earlier known as Madho Das, had been a yogi, who uses his magical powers to impress people. But when he met Guru Gobind Singh Ji, his life changed, he became great disciple of Guru Ji. Guru Sahib asked him his name, Madhu replied, "I am Banda your slave". The Guru added the name Bahadur to the name Singh that all members of the Khalsa don after taking Amrit. Thus it was Banda Singh Bahadur who was sent to Punjab to fight to free the people of Punjab, no matter their faith, from foreign rule. Banda Bahadur and his army of Sikhs soon freed many areas of Punjab. Finally, after an exhaustive siege the almost starved Banda Bahadur was defeated and captured in 1715. He and his fellow nearly dead Sikhs were brought to Delhi and, on the orders of Ruler Farrukh Siyar, brutally tortured and killed.
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