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Heritage Commemorating The Portrait Of Gurbaksh Singh Aka Banda Singh Bahadur By Bhagat Singh Bedi (Sikhiart


TerCentenary of Banda Singh's First Khalsa Raj

"Warrior is the one fights on behalf of the under-represnted and remains mission focused till the last limb" (GGS, 1105)

Commemorating the Portrait of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur by Bhagat Singh Bedi of Sikhiart.com

Exactly 300 years ago, Chhapar Chiri, a small village near Chandigarh, Punjab, was witness to a historic battle which laid the foundation of the first Khalsa Raj, founded by the great Sikh warrior - Baba Banda Singh Bahadar.

As festivities for the tricentenary of the victory of Sirhind, fought at Chhapar Chiri, reach a crescendo on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, a massive march started from Nanded in Maharashtra last month, heading for Lohgarh, the capital of the first Khalsa Raj, now located in Himachal Pradesh.

It is here that a major revival exercise is planned for paying homage to the warrior who avenged the killings of the two children of the Tenth Sikh Master, Guru Gobind Singh, by defeating the formidable army of the Governor of Sirhind, Wazir Khan. The ruler had ordered that the Guru's children be bricked alive for refusing to renounce their Sikh faith for Islam.

The march assumes significance since it is probably the first time that the Sikhs are attempting, in an organised manner, to give due recognition to places associated with the life and times of the ascetic-turned- warrior, who was handpicked by the Guru to lead the Sikhs. These include a gurdwara and a Polytechnic College at his birthplace in Rajouri near Jammu, a memorial at Chhapar Chiri, a Baba Banda Singh Bahadar museum at Fatehgarh Sahib (named so to mark the 'fateh' -victory - at Sirhind) gurdwara and a fort at Lohgarh near Nahan, where the warrior set up the Khalsa Raj capital and ruled from an area called Mehlanwali.

This was also the time when he minted the first Sikh coins and seal named after the First and the Tenth Sikh Masters - Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh. A gurdwara in Mehrauli, near Delhi, where Banda Singh was executed by the Mughals, after his capture from Gurdas Nangal di Garhi in the present day Gurdaspur, Punjab, which is under the control of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, also requires renovations and expansions.

Banda Singh, originally Lachman Dev, was born in Rajouri. He later became a disciple of Guru Gobind Singh and converted to Sikhi.

"While the Jammu & Kashmir government has agreed in principle to provide us land for a polytechnic gurdwara in Rajouri, SGPC would be buying land from the locals to raise a gurdwara there," it was announced by SGPC chief Avtar Singh recently.

[Courtesy: Times of India]

May 11, 2010
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Mai Harinder Kaur

Re: Commemorating the Portrait of Banda Singh Bahadur by Bhagat Singh Bedi (Sikhiart.com)

I'm really glad I have the likes of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur to keep my back.

Thanks, Bhagat Singh (Bedi). I love this portrait.
Re: Commemorating the Portrait of Banda Singh Bahadur by Bhagat Singh Bedi (Sikhiart.com)

The great guru asked,"what's your name ?" "Banda" (your slave) He replied. The Great Guru blessed him with Amrit and named 'GURBAKSH SINGH' and also gave him the rank of a General 'Singh Bahadur'. Thus he was called 'Banda Singh Bahadur'
But why we did not highlighted his real name Gurbaksh Singh ????


Re: Commemorating the Portrait of Banda Singh Bahadur by Bhagat Singh Bedi (Sikhiart.com)

Indeed! Your point is very taken, in fact!! Banda Singh Bahadur name has become so much popular that we tend to forget his real name. Taking a little initiative we have corrected this mistake on our part in the Logo as well.

Thank you for showing up the right direction...




Re: Commemorating the Portrait of Banda Singh Bahadur by Bhagat Singh Bedi (Sikhiart.com)

There was a Documentary about Chhapar Chiri, in Sada Channel very well defined, this sada channel gives a lot of information about Sikh history,Sikh culture and its problem.

Can I have the Website where I can find it.


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Re: Commemorating the Portrait of Banda Singh Bahadur by Bhagat Singh Bedi (Sikhiart.com)

Bmandur ji

The term "channel" used to refer to either radio or television. Nowadays it also refers to Internet channels in network sites, as well as to online streaming radio, video and television. So without enough information it is hard to pin the answer down.

However, here are 2 possibilities


http://www.streamingthe.net/?s=Fm 89 sada channel&v=6&c=&sort=name

Without further information, I suspect it is the first one. But try searching on both. And btw, write back to report if you had any success. :)