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Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib ji, the ninth Guru of the Sikhs, lived during one of the most turbulent time in Indian history. His grandfather, the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev ji was martyred by the Mughal emperor Jahangir for refusing to embrace Islam. Guru Tegh Bahadur's father, the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind had several wars forced upon him by emperor Jahangir and his successor Shah Jahan. Tyranny and religious persecution of Hindus and Sikhs reached its peak when Aurangzeb ascended to the throne in delhi. He had long cherished the ambition of converting India to a land of Islam and vigorously started destroying temples and forcing Hindus to embrace Islam or face death.
Fearing the imminent destruction of their religion, a bunch of Kashmiri brahmins visited Amarnath, the abode of Hindu lord Shiva, to invoke his mercy. At Amarnath lord Shiva visited the brahmins in their dream and asked them to go to Guru Tegh Bahadur ji and plead for his help in saving the Hindu dharma.
Guru Teg Bahadur ji agreed to visit Aurangzeb in Delhi to ask him to stop the persecution and murder of Hindus. He was arrested on the way and brought in chains to Delhi. Aurangzeb asked Guru Tegh Bahadur ji to embrace Islam or show a miracle to save his life. Guru Tegh Bahadur ji refused and was executed with three of his companions. Many saints, sages and heroes have died for the sake of their own convictions, but no one in the history of the world has ever laid down his life to protect a religion or the ideals he did not fully believe in. Guru Tegh Bahadur ji, deeply imbued with the spirit of kindness and self sacrifice, fearlessly stood up for the Hindus. He died to save their honor and to defend their freedom to practice their religion without fear even though he did not subscribe to the Hindu faith or to its philosophy.
48 pages, Softcover binding
Following are some of the episodes in this book:
- Guru Hargobind is blessed with a son. Baba Buddha breaks the news to the sangat at Harmandir Sahib.
- Guru Hargobind names the child Tyag Mal.
- Tyag Mal starts his education at the age of four. Baba Buddha is his teacher.
- At the age of eight, Tyag Mal receives Amrit from Guru Hargobind.
- Tyag Mal’s elder brother, Atal Rai, brings his friend Mohan back to life. Guru Hargobind is upset at this show of miracle. Atal Rai discards his body in repentance.
- Tyag Mal marries Bibi Gujri.
- Guru Hargobind is attacked several times by the Mughals. He is victorious each time. Tyag Mal too fights bravely in these battles. Guru Hargobind renames him Teg Bahadur.
- Guru Hargobind passes the jot, or divine light of Guru Nanak, to Har Rai. Guru Har Rai becomes the seventh Guru of the Sikhs.
- Guru Hargobind discards his body and leaves for Sachkhand.
- Tegh Bahadur moves to his maternal village, Bakala, to spend greater time in meditation.
- Guru Har Rai discards his body and leaves for Sachkhand. Har Krishan becomes the eighth Guru.
- Guru Har Krishan leaves for Sachkhand and declares that the next Guru is in Bakala.
- Twenty-two men descend on Bakala, claiming to be the next Guru.
- Makhan Shah, a Sikh, gets caught in a storm with his ship laden with precious merchandise.
- He prays to Guru Sahib, asking for help and promises to offer 500 gold coins if he is saved.
- When Makhan Shah arrives at Bakala, he is distressed to find 22 men claiming to be the next Guru.
- Makhan Shah prays to Akalpurakh Waheguru and is finally led to Tegh Bahadur. Tegh Bahadur divines the purpose of Makhan Shah’s visit. Tegh Bahadur is proclaimed the next Guru of the Sikhs.
- Dhir Mal and his men attack Guru Tegh Bahadur and injure him with a bullet.
- Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Sikhs arrest the attackers, but Guru Sahib forgives all of them.
- Guru Tegh Bahadur visits Harmandir Sahib at Amritsar but the Mahants (priests) refuse to let him inside. After the Sikh women sit outside the closed gates in protest, singing shabads for several days, the mahants feel remorseful and ask for forgiveness from Guru Tegh Bahadur.
- Guru Tegh Bahadur starts building a new city at Chak Nanaki (later called Anandpur).
- Guru Tegh Bahadur leaves on a tour of eastern India. On the way, he stops at Saifabad to meet with Nawab Saifuddin.
- At Karamanak, Guru Tegh Bahadur advises Maluk Das, a Krishan Bhagat, to get rid of his pride and superstition.
- At Banaras, Guru Tegh Bahadur advises the pilgrims against killing themselves in Benaras or even coming there to die because death in Benaras can never guarantee heaven or salvation.
- River Ganga comes to Jawahri Mal, a Sikh of Guru Tegh Bahadur.
- At Bodh Gaya, Guru Tegh Bahadur refuses to offer barley rolls to Brahmins so that his ancestors may be saved from hell. Here he guides the pilgrims to the True path to salvation.
- Guru Tegh Bahadur spends a few days in Patna and then proceeds to Bengal. Mata Gujri and Guru Sahib’s mother stay back in Patna.
- In Dhaka, Guru Tegh Bahadur receives the news of the birth of his son. He names him Gobind Rai.
- Raja Ram Singh, a Mughal general requests Guru Tegh Bahadur to help in his campaign against the people of Assam. Guru Tegh Bahadur refuses to participate in an unjust war but offers to help negotiate peace with Assam.
- At Dhubri, tantric women attack Guru Tegh Bahadur and his Sikhs. Guru Tegh Bahadur’s spiritual powers repel all attacks on him. Tantric women fall at Guru Sahib’s feet.
- Guru Tegh Bahadur blesses Raja Ram of Gauripur with a child.
- Guru Tegh Bahadur returns to Patna for a few days and then proceeds to Punjab.
- At village Lehal, Guru Sahib blesses the people and saves their children from a mysterious disease. Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib is situated on this spot now.
- Emperor Aurangzeb intensifies his campaign against the Hindus. Hindus are asked to either convert to Islam or face death.
- Kashmiri Pundits come to Guru Tegh Bahadur for help. Gobind Rai, who is now nine years old, counsels his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, urging him to help the Hindus even if it means facing death at the hands of the tyrant Aurangzeb.
- Guru Tegh Bahadur agrees to help the Hindus and go to Aurangzeb to ask him to stop forcible conversions and murder of Hindus.
- On the way from Anandpur to Delhi, Guru Tegh Bahadur and three of his companions are arrested in Agra.
- Aurangzeb tries his best to convert Guru Tegh Bahadur to Islam but fails. He orders that Guru Tegh Bahadur’s companions be tortured to death. Guru Sahib is to be beheaded.
- After Guru Tegh Bahadur is martyred, Bhai Jaita, grabs Guru Sahib’s head and rushes to Anandpur. Bhai Lakhi Shah takes away the body to his house in Raisina and sets it on fire to avoid detection by the Mughals.
- As desired by Guru Tegh Bahadur, Gobind Rai is proclaimed the next Guru.
- Almost every page expands on the message of Guru Tegh Bahadur with appropriate quotes from Gurbani.
Posted by Pav on 18th Jan 2014
A wonderful way to tell the next generation the story of the greatest Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur ji and the sacrifice for Hindu religion. I wish more people in India would remember this sacrifice.
Posted by England Da Sher on 3rd Dec 2012
Guru Tegh Bahadur - A Great read, and good illustrations.
Posted by Kuldip Singh on 28th Nov 2012
Hey great job on the book on Guru Tegh Bahadur ji and can you make a book about Guru Gobind Singh Ji
Posted by Unknown on 21st Feb 2012
Guru Tegh Bahadur's book has wonderful graphics and a great tool to use to help teach young children about our sikh history beacse they can visualize it which makes them understand it better. cant wait for more books like this!
Posted by Amardeep Singh (Turlock, CA United States) on 3rd Jan 2012
I ordered a few print copies of this comic book but they quickly disappeared as visitors came and scrolled through the pages and asked for a copy for themselves. Just like the Baba Deep Singh comic book the artwork is great and the print quality is also very good. The comic book covers many events in Guru Tegh Bahadur's lifetime. It's a good read for anyone who wishes to read about these stories, and is great for all ages. The comic book covers stories about Atal Rai, atrocities by Jehangir and Shah Jahan, Battles fought by Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, the story of Makhan Shah finding the true Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur being refused entry to Harmandir Sahib, building the city of Anandpur, clearing Maluk Das's ignorance, visits to Assam, Benares, Bihar, Punjab, etc. It also highlights how Guru Tegh Bahadur watched the martyrdom of Bhai Mati Das, Bhai Sati Das and Bhai Dyal Das before he himself was beheaded for defending others rights to practice their religion even though he didn't believe in the Hindu philosophy.
As with the Baba Deep Singh comic, there are also many references to Gurbani that are mentioned in the script and add to the story line.
Thanks again to Sikh Comics for this initiative. May God bless you with more seva and more similar works.
Posted by Surjeet Kaur on 28th Dec 2011
I have not seen them , but the review itself looks GREAT !!!!!
Posted by Pritpal Singh (Jamshedpur) on 26th Nov 2011
I must say that I am really humbled to come across such hard endeavour which clearly shows. Your efforts are fully compatible with the esteemness of Sikh philosophy. The highlight is the emphasis given to the collection of sacred hymns taken from the SGGS. Many among us may be aware of our 'Sakhis' but very few have been blessed with the will to be aware of our religion's simple and practical philosophy.
Leave alone children, even adults could get enlightened with your work.
Posted by Japinder Kaur (Italy) on 17th Jul 2011
veerji, bahut wadiya comics banayi he. read kar ke g khush ho gaya. tusi changa uprala shuru kita he. is di sikhi nu badi lod c. Guru tuhadi is kam vich madad kare. waheguru ji ka khalsa, waheguru ji ki fateh
Posted by H. S. Sandhu on 17th Jul 2011
There is not a better book in English on Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib. This comic is a delight and gives complete life sketch of Guru Sahib. Well done Daljit and Amarjit.
Posted by Jaswinder Singh Nagi on 16th Jul 2011
When i've nothing to do i pick both comics and read them again. These comics will stay with me for a long time till last days. Wherever i'll go i'll keep them with me. Just waiting for more comics to join. Till then reading them over and over again. Great work done, Mr. Sidhu and Mr. Virdi.
Posted by Jaspreet Kaur on 28th Jun 2011
I have read this book thrice since I received it yesterday. I guess it tells all about how good it is...