Martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur: Center to honor the commander of the Khalsa army who defeated the Mughals
The National Monuments Authority will observe the martyrdom of the great Sikh warrior, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur on June 25, 2022. The evening will be hosted by the Ministry of Culture where various eminent personalities and religious leaders will deliver inspirational sermons at Fort Rouge Lawns of 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A Samagam will also be held at the Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara, located in the Mehrauli of New Delhi between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. where tributes will be paid to the martyr.
Who was Baba Banda Singh Bahadur?
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was a Sikh warrior who established Khalsa rule in Punjab and led the army to defeat the Mughals and free much of northern India from Mughal rule. He also abolished the Zamindari system and gave cultivators property rights.
The Sikh ruler introduced the Nanak Shahi coins. He was a great disciple of Guru Govind Singh who made him a military lieutenant. According to some historians, his son Ajai Singh was killed on his lap. But Banda Bahadur remained unfazed and sat in a calm state, as some media reports suggest. After that, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was cruelly martyred. He was captured by the Mughal ruler, Farrukhsiyar, who ordered his execution. The great leader was executed with 18 companions near a gate en route to the tomb of the so-called Sufi saint Qutub-ud-din Bakhtiar Kaki at Mehrauli on June 9, 1716, in a cruel manner. This monument, still standing in the region, is an icon of his martyrdom, his bravery and his deeply rooted faith.