Shri Guru  Teg  Bahadur Ji

The ninth Guru, Tegh Bahadur was given his name (meaning 'brave sword') to replace his birth name Tyag Mal. He was appointed Guru over several rivals at the age of 43.He was the great uncle of Guru Har Krishan, and one of the sons of Guru Har Gobind. Many people plotted against him. He continued the fight against the Mogul rulers who were demolishing temples and forcing people to convert to Islam.

The Emperor Aurangzeb made Sikhs and Hindus pay large taxes, and shut down their schools and temples. Guru Tegh Bahadur fought against this oppression, and was arrested. Four of his companions were executed while he was made to watch because they would not convert to Islam. Then Guru Tegh Bahadur was also asked to convert or die and he chose death. He is respected as a Sikh who died protecting the liberty of both Sikhs and Hindus.

He was 54 when he died and a magnificent Gurdwara called Sri Sis Ganj Sahib, now stands in the square in Delhi where this brave man gave his life.




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