http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_De...-_Two_Versions Martyrdom - Two Versions
According to the Sikh legend, Baba Deep Singh had vowed to avenge the desecration of the
. In 1757, he led an army to defend the Golden Temple. The Sikhs and the Afghans clashed, in the battle of
, at the village of Gohalwar on November 11, 1757,
and in the ensuing conflict Baba Deep Singh was decapitated.Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/sikh-sikhi-sikhism/38543-supernatural-sikhs-what-do-you-think.html Version One
The first version has it that Deep Singh continued to fight after having been decapitated, slaying his enemies with his head in one hand and his sword in the other.
In this version, only upon reaching the sacred city of
did he stop and finally die.
This tale recalls the words of the first Guru,
Shouldst thou wish to play the game of love, Version Two
Reference:: Sikh Philosophy Network http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/showthread.php?t=38543
come unto my Path with thy head on thy palm.
And, once you step unto this path,
You may well give up thy head, rather than the cause.
In the other version it is said "Fighting bravely Singhs pushed the army back and reached village Chabba where General Attal Khan came forward and inflicted a blow on Baba Deep Singh ji which made his neck lean to one side. A Sikh reminded him, "You had resolved to reach the periphery of the pool." On hearing the talk of the Sikh, he supported his head with his left hand and removing the enemies from his way with the strokes of his double-edged sword with his right hand, reached the periphery of Harmindar Sahib where he breathed his last. The Singhs celebrated the Bandhi-Sor Divas of 1757 A.D. in Harminder Sahib"
The Sikhs recovered their prestige by defeating the Afghan army and the latter were forced to flee.
The spot where the legend Baba Deep Singh's head fell is marked in the
complex, and Sikhs from around the world pay their respects there. Baba Deep Singh's 30 kg[ ]Khanda
(double-edged sword), which he used in his final battle, is still preserved at
, one of the five centers of temporal Sikh authority.