Martyrdom Of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib

In the Sikh Religion, the 24th of November is a very special day. This is the date when Guru Tegh Bahadar gave his life so that people were free to exercise their religion without interference. Guru Tegh Bahadar was the 9th Sikh Guru who was beheaded in Sis Ganj in Old Delhi for upholding the refusal of several Hindu Kasmiri Brahmins’ to convert to the religion of Islam as he was ordered by the Mughal Emperor to do.

He has been remembered ever since for sacrificing his life rather than his faith for the religious freedom of those around him. The holiday observing this event is now known as the Martyrdom Of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib.

The History Of The Martyrdom Of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib

Guru Tegh Bahadur was born in 1621 CE and during his praising, he would be trained in horsemanship, archery, and the classic teaching of the Sikh tradition. In 1675, the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb had told members of the Hindu Kashmiri Brahmins that they had to convert to Islam, so they sought the counsel of the Guru to find out what they should do. He advised them to tell the Emperor that they would convert only if the Guru converted. An act that he had no intention of doing.

During talks with the Emperor, the Guru was given three choices as to how the situation could be handled. He told them that the Guru must either embrace Islam as his religion, that he must perform miracles as any true prophet would be able to do or be prepared to accept death. The Guru had no intention of converting to Islam and he felt that performing miracles would be appropriate to perform miracles. On November 24th, 1675, he was beheaded.

Observing The Martyrdom Of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib

This holiday is observed with a recounting of the story of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, with the teaching of classic Sikh teachings, and with special religious services. It’s a restricted holiday in Punjab, so employees can take the day off as one of their Gazetted holidays.

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