Every year we remember the great sacrifice that Jesus made, but to me
this Christmas is little different, because I never knew that on Boxing
Day, is when Sahibzada Fateh Singh (Age 6) & Sahibzada Zorawar Singh,
(Age 8) took Sheedi (Martyrdom) They were the two youngest sons, of Guru
Their short life story is one that shakes the soul….
As the battle of Chumkor, was is full heat, blood & bones broken,
family’s separated the two younger sons, fled with their Grandmother Mata
Gujari (Mother of Guru Gobind Singh and Wife of Guru Tegh Bahadur the 9th
Guru) as they fled through the thick forests full of wild animals the young
souls walked on fearlessly reciting the psalms of the Guru’s whilst Mata
Gujari told them the great story’s from Sikh history!
The two older brothers Sahibzada Ajit Singh and Sahibzada Jujhar Singh,
continued in battle with their father.
After a grueling journey, the young reached the hut of Kuma a Muslim
water carrier, who took in the family in for rest and comfort. The Next
morning the Guru’s old servant Gangu arrived and asked Mata ji to go with
him to his village and promised her that their whereabouts would Not be
known and they would be safe.
After trekking all day they reached Gangu’s home and lay to rest, after
reciting the evening prayers, during the night Gangu crept into their room
and reached into Mataji’s bag and stole her gold coins, as he left Mata ji
heard his footsteps but continued to rest, in the morning she asked Gangu
“Our things are lying scattered about, I hope the door was closed. Where
are the-gold coins?” Without a word he ran out shouting to trace the thief.
Mata ji said not to make a fuss but he was determined that the “thief”
should be found. She said to him he could keep the coins if he so wished as
she knew that he had taken them, Gangu flipped into Rage “So you are
suspecting me. How ungrateful of you. I have given you refuge and this is
the reward I get.”
Gangu in anger went straight to the police station and told the officers
of the Mughal court that “I have the sons of the Guru at my house ” come
and arrest them straight away. As the officers arrested the family the
villagers cursed Gangu for his betrayal. Both brothers listened to the
tales of bravery of the followers of Guru Nanak, story of the unique
martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev and Guru Tegh Bahadur from their dear and
affectionate grand mother.
Other Great Stories in Pictorials