‘I bow to Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji’: PM Modi greets nation of 400th Prakash Purab of Guru Teg Bahadur Sahab ji
After praying at the holy shrine, PM Modi greeted the nation and urged Indian nationals to take lesson from the life, ideals and supreme sacrifice of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji
On the occasion of 400th Prakash Purab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to Sri Guru Teg Bahadur by visiting Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib in New Delhi. After praying at the holy shrine PM Modi greeted the nation and urged Indian nationals to take lesson from the life, ideals and supreme sacrifice of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji — the ninth Guru of Sikh religion.
Extending his greetings to the nation on the Holy occasion PM Modi tweeted, “Prayed at Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib today. We can never forget the life, ideals and supreme sacrifice of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji,” adding “On the special occasion of his 400th Parkash Purab, I bow to Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji. He is widely respected globally for his courage and his efforts to serve the downtrodden. He refused to bow to tyranny and injustice. His supreme sacrifice gives strength and motivation to many.”
Earlier on 8th April 2021, PM Modi during a high level meeting attended by former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and many more, had said that the 400th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji was going to become a spiritual privilege and national duty.
Prayed at Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib today.
We can never forget the life, ideals and supreme sacrifice of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji.
History of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib:
During the rule of Mughals when the Hindus were forced to convert to Islam and there was no one who could object to it. It was Guru Teg Bahadur who came forward and objected to his injustices and asked Aurangzeb to stop this and offered his head saying, “If you convert me, all the Hindus will become Muslims if you can’t, stop your high headedness.” This was a straight challange from Guru Teg Bahadur to Aurangzeb. So to force Guru Teg Bahadur to convert to Islam he tortured him but failed and in frustration killed him at Chandni Chowk Delhi, where now in his memory there stands a Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib. Because he sacrificed his life for protecting the Hindus from his tyranny, that’s why he is known as “Hind di chaadar”
For supporting the Hindu Pandits by resisting these forced conversions, and for himself refusing to convert to Islam, Guru Teg Bahadur Ji was publicly executed via beheading at the imperial capital of Delhi on the orders of Emperor Aurangzeb.
Today, Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib and Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib stand at the sites of beheading and cremation of Guru Ji’s body. Along with Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, three other Sikhs, Bhai Mati Das, Bhai Sati Das, and Bhai Dyal Das, were also executed.