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Chhote Sahibzaade

Date: 12 January 2022 Tags: Religions

Issue

Prime Minister has announced on the occasion of Parkash Purab that December 26 would be observed as ‘Veer Baal Diwas’.

 

Details

  • Veer Baal Diwas will mark the bravery of children. It is dedicated to the Chhote Sahibzaade, Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh.

  • They were the two youngest sons of Guru Gobind Singh, the last Sikh Guru. They were bricked alive by Wazir Khan, the Mughal faujdar of Sirhind.

  • The Mughal faujdar had ordered the Guru and his children to renounce their faith and become Muslim, which they refused and were bricked alive.

  • Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh were aged 9 years and 7 years respectively. Their grandmother Mata Gujri died of shock after they were walled.

 

Memory of their sacrifice

  • A rich Hindu trader named Diwan Todar Mal purchased a small piece of land in Sirhind using 7,800 gold coins and performed their last rites after releasing their body.

  • The Gurdwara Jyoti Sarup was built on this site in Fatehgarh Sahib to mark the valor displayed by the Guru’s sons for preserving the Khalsa panth.

  • The elder sons of Guru also sacrificed their lives during battles. The sacrifice of Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh is considered unparalleled because of their age and form of death.

 

Torture endured

  • Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh along with their grandmother were confined to cold tower known as ‘Thanda Burj’. They were made to suffer in cold weather so that they agree to renounce their faith.

  • Even after they refused to convert, they were given death sentence in form of getting bricked alive in a wall.

 

Marking the day

  • A religious fair known as Jor Mela is organised from December 25-28 every year in memory of the Sahibzaades and their grandmother at Sri Fatehgarh Sahib.

  • Sikh community members have been asking that December 26 be marked as a special day in memory of the Chhote Sahibzaade. 

  • There is demand from some section of politicians that Children’s Day be observed on this day rather than on November 14.