“F” for Fateh Singh मुद्रण ई-मेल

Sahibzada Fateh Singh was the youngest of Guru Gobind Singh's four sons. He and his older brother, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh are among the most hallowed martyrs in Sikhism. Fateh Singh is probably the youngest recorded martyr in history who knowingly laid down his life at the very tender age of 6 years.

As the story goes, the Mughal army had besieged the Sikh town of Anandpur Sahib on the orders of emperor Aurangzeb. The stock of food in the town was running out. The Mughals promised to leave the Sikhs alone if they would hand over the fortress of Anandpur. Guru Gobind reluctantly agreed and left the fortress with his family and a small band of retainers.

 

They had not gone very far when the Mughals, breaking their promise, came after them. In the confusion of the battle that followed, Guru Gobind and his two older sons got separated from his mother, Mata Gujri ji and his two youngest sons, Zorawar and Fateh Singh. Mata Gujri ji, along with the two young Sahibzadas, managed to cross the nearby river, and felt safer when they reached the village of Sahedi. There they ran into their former cook Gangu, who gave them shelter in his home.

However, in the hope of a reward, Gangu handed them over to the Mughal authorities of his village like a sly fox. They were then taken to Sirhind, where the Nawab of Sirhind, Wazir Khan, was quite pleased to have the two young princes to seek a small revenge on the Guru for having escaped.

The two sons of Guru Gobind, Zorawar (9 years old) and Fateh (6 years old) were offered princely rewards, riches, honor and power if they would only bend down to recite the Kalma and become Muslims. . With a courage that belied their years, both boys refused to do so. They had grown up listening to the brave episodes from Sikh History including of their own forefathers. Taken aback by their bold and fearless replies, Wazir Khan pronounced a sentence that they be bricked up alive within a wall. The two Sahibzadas did not accept the Nawab's condition or budge from their positions even as the wall was raised over their heads, and eventually they laid down their lives.

Although he did not know it then, but Wazir Khan was to pay for the crime that he had committed. After Guru Gobind Singh Ji's death, Madhodas Bairagi, a hermit from Nanded, whom the Guru had baptised as Gurbaksh Singh, also known as Banda Bahadur, besieged Punjab along with an army of Sikhs. There he finally attacked Sirhind and after defeating the Mughal forces, killed Wazir Khan.

The place where the two sons of Guru Gobind were bricked alive is today known as Fatehgarh Sahib.

What would I like to learn from Sahibzada Fateh Singh?

a)       Fearlessness and courage

b)       Refusal to bow down under pressure

c)       Pride for the great work of our forefathers


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