Here we will discuss about the martyrdom day of Bhai Taru Singh ji. First of all we will talk about who was Bhai Taru Singh ji? Who killed Bhai Taru Singh? How did Taru Singh die? When did you die?
Who was Bhai Taru Singh ji?
Bhai Taru Singh ji was born in Punjab during the Mughal rule in India. His mother’s name was Dharam Kaur and his father’s name was Jodh Singh Ji. Bhai Taru Singh ji was a Sikh warrior who was martyred in the war. He had a younger sister named Tar Kaur.
He belonged to a normal family. He was not a rich man, so for a happy life, he used to work hard for his family (brother and sister), Bhai Taru Singh ji who was rich in his family.
Taru Singh belonged to a Sandhu Jat family of Puhla village in Amritsar district of Punjab.
He was born on Bhai Taru Singh ji (date 6 October 1720). He sacrificed his life in the name of Dharma Karma. However, the reason for his martyrdom was not converting to Muslim religion (persecution by the Mughal rule).
Persecution by the Mughal rule – The Mughals wanted to get the religion converted in Hindustan by the rule. Mughals, Hindus and Sikhs were asked to forcibly convert to become Muslims and those who did not want to become Muslims were killed by the Mughal Empire.
Seeing Sikh boys rescuing a poor girl from Mughal tyranny, Bhai Taru Singh made up his mind to be a Sikh (Khalsa Sikh warrior) and decided to contribute in this episode. During this, Sikh warriors were making preparations to destroy the Mughal governor of Punjab, Zakaria Khan, from that Mughal Empire.
Singh ji and his sister helped the Sikhs with food. But an informer (cheating for pesos) made a complaint to Zakaria Khan, and both were arrested on charges of treason. But some sources say that a priest complained to Zakaria Khan that Bhai Taru Singh ji is giving shelter to Sikh youth in his house. Bribe was given to the village soldiers of his sister but brother Taru Singh ji did not apologise.
After a period of jail (imprisonment) and torture (physical torture), Bhai Taru Singh was brought before Zakaria Khan (Shashak) and asked from where did he get the powers, to make him go through all the agony?
Taru Singh replied that
I am blessed by Guru Gobind Singh Ji (Sikh Maharaj of the North) who is Keshadhari (the Sikh who does not cut his hair).
Then Zakaria Khan then gave him the option of either hanging or converting to Islam. In a public demonstration, after Bhai Taru Singh refused to give up his religion, Bhai Taru Singh’s skull was cut off from his scalp with a sharp knife to prevent his hair from ever growing back.
Some arguments are also given that “in response to tearing off his skull, Taru Singh cursed Zakaria Khan saying that he would be killed by his shoes.”
After cutting off the skull of Bhai Taru Singh Ji, Zakaria Khan was stricken with unbearable pain and inability to urinate (many ailments). As a last resort, Zakaria Khan apologized to the Khalsa Panth (Sikhism) for the persecution of the Sikhs and begged for forgiveness (the begging of Rehmat). It was suggested that if Zakaria Khan killed himself with Bhai Taru Singh’s shoes, his condition could be rectified. Although this would make Khan’s condition better,
22 days later he died of beating himself with shoes, as predicted by Taru Singh. Hearing that he was more alive than Zakaria Khan, Bhai Taru Singh died on 1 July 1745.
Attempt to martyr Bhai Taru Singh Ji on Charkhas
Taking off the skull of Bhai Taru Singh Ji
Bhai Taru Singh ji was born in Punjab during the Mughal rule in India. His mother’s name was Dharam Kaur and his father’s name was Jodh Singh Ji.
Bhai Taru Singh ji was murdered by Zakaria Khan.
In a public demonstration, after Bhai Taru Singh refused to give up his religion, Bhai Taru Singh’s skull was cut off from his scalp with a sharp knife to prevent his hair from ever growing back.
1st July 1745