Martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur ji.

Martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur ji.

Today is a very special day for India. On this day, millions of Hindus were saved from forceful conversion into Islam. Today is the martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur ji. While Aurangzeb (Mughal emperor at that time) was on his mission to convert entire India into an Islamic country, Pandits of Kashmir came to Punjab to seek help from Guru Tegh Bahadur ji. Gurudev wrote a letter to Aurangzeb that he would come to Delhi to see the Mughal emperor. If emperor can convert Gurudev into Islam, then all Hindus of India would also accept Islam along with him. But if he fails, the emperor would stop his conversion campaign. On this day, Guru Tegh Bahadur ji and 3 of his disciples were beheaded publicly in Delhi’s famous Chandni Chowk. Aurangzeb gave orders that Guru’s body and head should be kept on streets so that dogs and vultures can eat them. At that time, there was a Sikh family traveling to Delhi from Punjab. Upon hearing about the news of Gurudev’s death, they immediately rushed to the spot where his body was kept on the street. The grandfather of the family then told everyone that Gurudev’s body has to be cremated. So he told his sons that he should die and his body should be kept on the same spot where Gurudev’s body was lying. This way, they can use the darkness to fool Mughal soldiers that Gurudev’s body is still there. So, the grandfather killed himself and his sons kept his body in the same place and took Gurudev’s body into their caravan. They later on went to a famous Sikh businessman’s house in Delhi and told him everything. The businessman knew that it was impossible to cremate the body openly as the Mughal troops can easily discover it. So he decided to keep Gurudev’s body inside his house and burn the entire house. So finally, his entire house was burnt to cremate Gurudev’s mortal body. Before the cremation, Gurudev’s head was taken by a fellow Sikh to Punjab’s Anandpur Sahib. If India is not an Islamic country today, it is because of Guru Tegh Bahadur ji’s martyrdom on this day.

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