Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib

Gurdwara Name Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Address Sirhind, Fatehgarh sahib
Zipcode 147301 Phone 01763 232227
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Sarai facilities Individual rooms-4 persons/room , attached toilet and 14 halls with a total capacity of 600 persons. AC rooms at Rs 400/day
Sarai Room Count 140
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History Sirhind suffered the full fury of Sikh wrath when Banda Singh Bahadur marched upon it with his daring Khalsa companions. Wazir Khan was killed and the city was occupied on 14 May 1710. Diwan Suchchanand, who had explicitly championed the penalty laid upon the captives by the faujdar, was captured and tortured to death. The town, including the Fort, was razed to the ground. A memorial was raised marking the spot where the Sahibzadas were martyred and named Fatehgarh (Fort of Victory). Sirhind, however, soon fell back into the hands of the Mughals and was later conquered by Ahmad Shah Durrani who appointed Zain Khan as faujdar in 1761. As Zain Khan was finally defeated and killed in battle on January 1764 by the Dal Khalsa and as Sikhs occupied the country around Sirhind, no Sikh Sardar was willing to keep the accursed town. It was consequently conferred upon Bhai Buddha Singh, a pious and humble Sikh. He later sold it to Baba Ala Singh, founder of the Patiala dynasty. Shaheedi Jor Mela is organised every year in December at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib to pay homage to the martyrdom of Baba Zorawar Singh ji and Baba Fateh Singh ji. Lakhs of devotes pay their obeisance at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib and Gurdwara Jyoti Swarup on this historic occasion every year during this three day Jor Mela. All nearby villagers organize langar for the devotees going to visit Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib for the Mela along all the roads leading to the gurdwara. During Mela days, the service of the people is exemplary with community kitchens serving tea, snacks and meals every mile on the way to Sirhind, whichever way you are coming from. People from far away places come to Sirhind to do karsewa and braving the chilly weather in tents out in the open.
Remarks As Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji evacuated Anandpur on the night of 5-6 December 1705, he was closely pursued by his attackers. Ahead of him ran the River Sarsa swollen with rain water. Under cover of a quick rearguard action fought on the banks of the river, he succeeded in crossing safely, but the members of his family got scattered in the tumult. Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji's elderly mother, Mata Gujari ji, and her two grandsons, Zorawar Singh ji and Fateh Singh ji, aged 9 and 7 years respectively, had nowhere to go until their cook, named Gangu, offered to take them to his own village Khen. They accompanied him to his house. But he proved deceitful and betrayed them to Jam Khan and Mani Khan of Morinda. The latter at once despatched them to Sirhind where they were consigned to the Thanda Burj (Cold Tower) of the Fort, a place of comfort in the hot summers but terribly cold in the winter months. On 9 December 1705, Zorawar Singh ji and Fateh Singh ji were brought before Wazir Khan, who had just returned from the battle of Chamkaur. Wazir Khan tried to lure them to embrace Islam with promises of riches and honours, but they spurned the offer. He threatened them with death as an alternative to their accepting Islam, but they remained firm. A death sentence was eventually awarded. Nawab Sher Muhammad Khan of Malerkotla protested that it would be improper to harm the innocent children. Wazir Khan, however, ordered them to be bricked up alive in a wall, if they still refused conversion. They were kept in the Cold Tower in that severe winter for another two days. On 11 December they, under the orders of Wazir Khan, began to be walled in with bricks while standing on the ground. However, as the masonry reached above chest height, the wall collapsed. The next day, 12 December 1705, the Sahibzadas were once again offered the choice of conversion or death. Then, on 26 December 1705, Baba Fateh Singh ji was cruelly and mercilessly martyred at Sirhind along with his elder brother, Baba Zorawar Singh ji. Amarjit Singh 9417565330