Bhai Mani Singh Shaheedi Purab
Download HD Image on Shaheedi Purab Bhai Mani Singh 2023. Bhai Mani Singh Ji Shaheed was a great scholar and martyr of Khalsa Panth. His family has served the Guru Ghar since the time of Sri Guru Har Rai. His brothers and 7 sons sacrificed their lives for Sikhi and Sikh Values.
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|July 9th, 2023
Martyrdom of Bhai Mani Singh Ji
This is one of the most remarkable and unparalleled martyrdoms in Sikh history, where Bhai Mani Singh's grandfather, 11 brothers, and 7 sons embraced martyrdom. Their sacrifices fill a turbaned Sikh with immense pride, and they bow their heads in reverence to these great martyrdoms. Bhai Mani Singh Ji was not only a guide for living a righteous and constructive life but also exemplified how to die honorably for the sake of religion, nation, and the principles bestowed by the Gurus.
Having visited the Gurus from Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji to Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Bhai Mani Singh Ji's original name was Mania, which changed to Bhai Mani Singh Ji upon receiving the blessed Amrit. Dasmesh Pita bestowed upon him the title of Diwan. When Satguru Ji sent him to Amritsar to oversee Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji, he immediately restored the proper Guru's Maryada by putting an end to the Sodhis who was in control. Bhai Mani Singh Ji became the third Granthi Singh of Sri Harmandir Sahib, following Baba Budha Ji and Bhai Gurdas Ji.
After the martyrdom of the nation's first king, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, the Sikh community was divided into two factions: Bandai Khalsa and Tatt Khalsa. Some Sikhs began recognizing Baba Banda Singh Ji as the eleventh Guru and formed the Bandai Khalsa group. The leader of this movement was Bhai Amar Singh Mahant Khemkarni, and they would greet each other with "Fateh Darshan." On the other hand, Tatt Khalsa considered only Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji as their Guru and acknowledged "Gur Fateh" as their salutation. Both groups vied for control over the management of Gurdwaras, which led to conflicts. The government saw this as an opportunity, believing that the Sikhs would fight and perish among themselves, relieving them of their concerns.
Mata Sunder Kaur Ji, upon learning of this dispute, entrusted Bhai Mani Singh Ji with the task of finding a permanent solution. Bhai Mani Singh Ji organized a Hari Ki Pauri event and invited both factions to make a fair decision. He wrote the slogan "Fateh Darshan" for the Bandai Khalsa on one slip and "Waheguru Ji's Khalsa" on another slip. These slips were then thrown into the Amrit Sarovar, and the slip that surfaced first would determine the leader responsible for Gurdwara maintenance. The divine will prevailed, and the slip with "Waheguru Ji's Khalsa" emerged. With shouts of joy, the bloodshed between brothers was prevented, thanks to Bhai Ji's wisdom. It was the leadership of esteemed community leaders like Bhai Mani Singh Ji that fostered unity within the Sikh community.
Bhai Mani Singh Ji proposed calling Sarbat Khalsa on the occasion of Diwali to jointly contemplate constructive measures for the betterment of the nation. He approached the ruler of the time, Zakaria Khan, seeking permission to hold a fair during Diwali. Zakaria Khan demanded a hefty tax of 10,000 takas in return, and the fair was allowed for ten days.
Bhai Mani Singh Ji disseminated Naam Sandesh (message of Naam) through the Nanak Naam Lewa Sangat to gather Sikhs from far and wide for Sarbat Khalsa. However, Zakaria Khan harbored sinister intentions and conspired to attack the gathered Sikhs with cannons on the night of Diwali. Bhai Mani Singh Ji became aware of the state's plan and sent repeated messages to the Sikhs in the gathering, alerting them of the imminent danger. Unfortunately, some Sikhs who had not received the message arrived at the Gur Asthana on Diwali, falling into Zakaria Khan's trap. Countless Sikh martyrs were created as a result. Bhai Mani Singh Ji vehemently protested Zakaria Khan's actions and condemned them. In response, Zakaria Khan demanded a sum of 10,000 taka from Bhai Ji. Bhai Ji highlighted the absurdity of demanding money for a meeting that never took place. Despite this, Bhai Mani Singh Ji was arrested and pressured to convert to Islam, renouncing Sikhism.
At the time of his arrest, Bhai Sahib Ji was nearly 90 years old. Many Sikhs were tortured and martyred before his eyes in an attempt to change his mind, but nothing could sway him. As a result, a fatwa was issued to execute Bhai Mani Singh Ji in front of the entire society at Nakhas Chowk in Lahore. Bhai Mani Singh Ji's fervor and unwavering Sikh spirit remained remarkable till the end.
ਕਬੀਰ ਮਾਨਸ ਜਨਮੁ ਦੁਲੰਭੁ ਹੈ ਹੋਇ ਨ ਬਾਰੈ ਬਾਰ॥
ਜਿਉ ਬਨ ਫਲ ਪਾਕੇ ਭੁਇ ਗਿਰਹਿ ਬਹੁਰਿ ਨ ਲਾਗਹਿ ਡਾਰ॥ 30॥
(ਸਲੋਕ, ਭਗਤ ਕਬੀਰ ਜੀ, ਪੰਨਾ 1361)
ਜੀਵਿ ਜੀਵਿ ਮੁਏ ਮੁਏ ਜੀਵੇ॥ ਕੇਤਿਆ ਕੇ ਬਾਪ ਕੇਤਿਆ ਕੇ ਬੇਟੇ ਕੇਤੇ ਗੁਰ ਚੇਲੇ ਹੂਏ॥
ਆਗੈ ਪਾਛੈ ਗਨਤ ਨ ਆਵੈ ਕਿਆ ਜਾਤੀ ਕਿਆ ਹੁਣਿ ਹੂਏ॥
(ਵਾਰ-ਸਾਰਗ, ਮਃ 1, ਪੰਨਾ 1238)