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300th Anniversary of Martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur

Baba Banda Singh Bahadur , first Sikh General, the great warrior  who established the first sikh empire in india and issued Nanak Shahi Coin. Salute him today on his 300 martydom day.


Banda Singh Bahadur (born Lachman Dev, also known as Banda BahudarLachman Das and Madho Das) (27 October 1670 – 9 June 1716, Delhi) was a Sikh military commander.

As a young man, wrestling, horseback riding, and hunting were his major pastimes. He once shot dead a doe and was shocked to watch the mother and her aborted fawn writhing in pain and dying. After he had a change of heart. He left his home and became a disciple of a Bairagi Sadhu: Janaki Das, who gave him the name: Madho Das. In the company of the Sadhus, he travelled through Northern India and finally arrived at Nanded (in present-day Maharashtra), situated on the bank of the river Godavari.

Early conquests
After a meeting with Guru Gobind Singh on 3 September 1708, he became a Sikh. The guru ordered him to go to Punjab and fight the Mughals with the help of the Sikh army. Banda Singh Bahadur camped in Khar Khoda, near Sonipat. He fought the Battle of Sonepat and took over Sonipat and Kaithal. In 1709 he defeated Mughals in the Battle of Samana and captured the Mughal city of Samana, killing about 10,000 Mughals. Samana was famous for minting coins. With this treasury the Sikhs became financially stable. The Sikhs soon took over Mustafabad and Sadhora (near Jagadhri). The Sikhs then captured the Cis-Sutlej areas of Punjab, including Ghurham, Kapori, Banoor, Malerkotla, and Nahan. On 12 May 1710 in the Battle of Chappar Chiri the Sikhs killed Wazir Khan, the Governor of Sirhind, and Dewan Suchanand, who were responsible for the martyrdom of the two youngest sons of Guru Gobind Singh. Two days later the Sikhs captured Sirhind. Banda Singh was now in control of territory from the Sutlej to the Yamuna and ordered that ownership of the land be given to the farmers, to let them live in dignity and self-respect.

Banda Singh’s Sikh Raj
Banda Singh developed the village of Mukhlisgarh, and made it his capital. He then renamed the city it to Lohgarh (fortress of steel) where he issued his own mint. The coin described Lohgarh: “Struck in the City of Peace, illustrating the beauty of civic life, and the ornament of the blessed throne.” He briefly established a state in Punjab for half a year. Banda Singh sent Sikhs to the Uttar Pradesh and Sikhs took over Saharanpur, Jalalabad, Muzaffarnagar and other areas near by bringing relief to the repressed population. In the regions of Jalandhar and Amritsar, the Sikhs started fighting for the rights of the people. Banda Bahadur captured Rahon after defeating mughals in the Battle of Rahon, (1710).Sikhs used their newly established power to remove corrupt officials and replace them with honest ones.

Torture and Execution (Shaheedi)
On 7 December 1715 Banda Singh Bahadur was captured from the Gurdas Nangal fort and put in an iron cage. The remaining Sikhs were captured and chained. The Sikhs were brought to Delhi in a procession with the 780 Sikh prisoners, 2,000 Sikh heads hung on spears, and 700 cartloads of heads of slaughtered Sikhs used to terrorise the population. They were put in the Delhi fort and pressurised to give up their faith and become Muslims. On their firm refusal all of them were ordered to be executed. Every day, 100 Sikhs were brought out of the fort and murdered in public. This continued for approximately seven days. After 3 months of confinement, on 9 June 1716, Banda Singh’s eyes were gouged out, his limbs were severed, his skin removed, and then he was killed.

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300th Shaheedi Divas of Banda Singh Bahadur celebrated

Barapullah flyover to be named after Baba Banda Singh Bahadur

The Delhi government has decided to name the Barapullah flyover as Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Setu after the legendary Sikh warrior.

“The decision has been taken when the country is celebrating the 300th anniversary of the martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur,” an official statement said today.

“The government’s decision follows several representations demanding to name the flyover after the legendary Sikh Warrior. History traces back his martyrdom at Mehrauli in Delhi,” the statement said.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.


300th Shaheedi Divas of Banda Singh Bahadur celebrated

Nagar kirtan taken out to mark 300th martyrdom year of Banda Bahadur

Union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Jitendra Singh and BJP leader RP Singh participate in a religious procession on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur in Jammu on Tuesday. Tribune

Union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Jitendra Singh and BJP leader RP Singh participate in a religious procession on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur in Jammu on Tuesday. Tribune


To observe the 300th martyrdom year of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur a “nagar kirtan” was flagged off from Jammu which after passing through different cities of north India will culminate in New Delhi.
During the religious procession, Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and Union Minister of State (MoS) in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh also took part in the religious event.
The religious procession started from Reasi on Monday and carries arms and other articles belonging to the warrior. Historical accounts say that Banda Singh Bahadur (1670-1716) was born in a Rajput family. He was named Lachman Dev, but after meeting Sri Guru Gobind Singh he become a Sikh and one of the greatest warrior known for his struggle against the Mughal empire. It was the great Guru who gave him the name Banda Singh Bahadur.
Speaking on the occasion, Paswan, while paying tribute to Banda Singh Bahadur, urged upon the young generation to remember his sacrifice and work for safeguarding the interests of the nation.
“Baba ji was a great warrior, who fought against the tyranny of rulers of that time. This procession is to remember his sacrifice he made for the country,” said Paswan.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Jitendra Singh said organising such events is very important to ensure that future generations know the history and people who sacrificed their lives for cause of the nation.
Meanwhile, State Gurdwara Parbandhak Board submitted a memorandum to the government demanding a memorial of Baba Banda Bahadur be built at Lakhanpur, the entry point of the state.
Board chairman Tarlochan Singh Wazir also demanded that a statue of the Sikh warrior be placed at the Kunjwani chowk, which is a long-pending demand of the community. They are also seeking the establishment of an educational institute at Rajouri, birth place of Baba Banda Bahadur.
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