Sees Diya par Sirar na Diay
GNFA will be conducting special divans on Friday November 25, 2011 and Sunday November 27, 2011 to commemorate the Shaheedi Divas of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Guru of the Sikhs.
Friday, 25 November 2011
- Akhand Path: 6:00 AM
- Rehraas Sahib: 7:30 – 8 PM
- Kirtan Bhai Jagmohan Singh Ji: 8 – 8:30 PM
- Kirtan Bhai Ompal Singh Ji: 8:30 – 9 PM
- Kirtan Bhai Sarabjit Singh Ji: 9 – 9:30 PM
Sunday, 27 November 2011
- Sukhmani Sahib: 6 AM
- Akhand Path Bhog: 6:30 AM
- Asa Di Var – Bhai Jagmohan Singh Ji: 8 – 10 AM
- Nitnem & Kirtan – GNFA Youth: 10:30 – 11:15 AM
- Kirtan by GNFA Khalsa School Students: 11:15 – 12 PM
- Kirtan Bhai Jagmohan Singh Ji: 12 – 12:45 PM
- Kirtan Bhai Ompal Singh Ji: 12:45 – 1:30 PM
About Guru Tegh Bahadur
Guru Tegh Bahadur was the youngest of the five sons of Guru Har Gobind, the sixth Guru. His life spanned 1 April 1621 to 11 November 1675. He became the ninth Guru on 20 March 1665.
Guru Ji’s refusal to accept Islam by the order of The Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb ultimately led to his arrest in July 1675. He was placed in captivity for more than three months and was taken to Delhi in November 1675. The Mughals placed him in chains and he was ordered to be tortured until he would convert to Islam. Ultimately, Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded in public on 11 November 1675 at Chandni Chowk. The exact location of his beheading is marked by Gurdwara Sis Ganj in Delhi.
The Guru’s body was publicly presented in the streets of Delhi and it was announced that nobody was permitted to remove the Guru’s dead body. Strong guards were posted to prevent its being taken away.
A dust storm entered Delhi which presented an opportunity to Lakhi Shah and a few of his tribesman. He loaded cotton on some carts and took them towards the location where Guru Ji’s body was laying. He loaded the body on the cart, concealed it and took it to his hut outside of Delhi. He placed a heap of firewood inside his hut, placed Guru Ji’s body on the heap then covered it with more wood. He then set his house ablaze. Thus, Guru Ji’s body was cremated secretly by Lakhi Shah and his companions. Gurdwara Rakab Ganj, stands at the place where Guru Tegh Bahadur’s headless body was cremated.
Another follower, Bhai Jaita, secretly transported Guru Ji’s severed head in a bag to Anandpur Sahib, a distance nearly 400 kilometers away where he presented it to Guru Ji’s son, Gobind Rai. Guru Ji’s head was subsequently cremated.
Due to Guru Ji’s refusal to convert to Islam, the threatened forced conversion of the Kashmiri Hindus was thwarted. Guru Tegh Bahadur earned the title of “Hind-di-Chadar” or the Shield of India.
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