Banda Singh Bahadur Martyrdom Day observed by National Monuments Authority

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Banda Singh Bahadur Martyrdom Day

At the Red Fort in New Delhi, the National Monuments Authority observed Banda Singh Bahadur Martyrdom Day. The Martyrdom Day of the revered Sikh ruler falls today by Indian Calendar.

The event at Red Fort Lawns was attended by Minister of state for Culture and External Affairs Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi along with NMA Chairman Shri Tarun Vijay and Baba Jatinder Pal Singh Sodhi, tenth generation descendant of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur.

Speaking on the occasion, Smt Meenakashi Lekhi said that Baba Banda Singh Bahadur stood up for his religion by sacrificing his life and his courage should not be forgotten. The Union Minister assured all support for declaring Banda Bahadur’s place of martyrdom as a national monument.

Smt MeenakashiLekhi said young people in Punjab should be inspired by BabaBanda Singh Bahadur Ji.

An exhibition showing the story of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was also displayed at the event.

Banda Singh Bahadur

About Baaba Banda Singh Bahadur

Banda Singh Bahadur (born Lachman Dev) (27 October 1670 – 9 June 1716) was a Sikh warrior and the commander of Khalsa army. At 15, he became an ascetic and was given the name Madho Das Bairagi. He established a monastery at Nānded, on the bank of the river Godāvarī. Guru Gobind Singh accepted an invitation to meet Bahadur Shah I in 1707. In 1708 he visited Banda Singh Bahadur. Banda became a disciple of Guru Gobind Singh and was baptized with the name Gurbaksh Singh. Most people call him Banda Singh Bahadur. The Guru gave him five arrows as a blessing for his battles.

Baaba Banda Singh Bahadur was a great Sikh warrior and a commander of the Khalsa army that defeated the Mughals. He freed a lot of North India from oppressive Mughal rule and established Khalsa rule in Punjab. During his reign, Banda Singh Bahadur abolished the Zamindari system and gave property rights to the tillers of the land. During his reign, the Nanak Shahi coin was introduced. He was captured by Farrukhsiyar and died in Mehrauli where a monument is dedicated to him.
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