As the year approaches the end, on December 26 every year, the global world Sikh community commemorate the martyrdom of three of their most loved figures of the Guru household. On this darkest of days, their youngest hero and bravest comrade of Sikhism, Sahibzada Fateh Singh (1699-1705) who was the youngest of Guru Gobind Singh’s four sons, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh (1696-1705), his elder brother and Mata Gujar Kaur ji, his grandmother sacrificed their lives for their faith and the right to remain Sikhs.
The Chote Sahibzade – Fateh Singh & Zoravar Singh, snuggle in the warm embrace of their loving grandmother – Mata Gujri. Imprisoned in the open tower (Thanda Burj) in the freezing month of December, their radiant faces show no pain or regret at their unwavering decision to uphold Sikhi at all costs. The innocence and boundless purity of these noble souls reflects on their faces.
Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib which is situated 5 km north of Sirhind marks the sad site of the execution of the two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh at the behest of Wazir Khan of Kunjpura, the faujdar of Sirhind. Baba Fateh Singh with his elder brother, set a precedence in Sikh history (and perhaps also in world history) by becoming the youngest known martyrs to sacrifice their lives for their principles.
On 26 December 1705, Baba Fateh Singh ji was cruelly and mercilessly martyred at Sirhind along with his elder brother, Zorawar Singh. He is probably the youngest recorded martyr in history who knowingly and consciously laid down his life at the very tender age of 6 years.
The mind boggles to understand how children of such young age had the, courage, bravery and focus to refuse the promise of many lavish gifts and a future of cosy comforts of royalty that were being offered by the Mughals if they abandoned their faith against the other stark option of a brutal, painful and tragic death entombed within a wall of bricks and mortar. The world salutes the supreme sacrifice of these kids who never once – even of a moment considered the easy option and remained focused on their mission to uphold the principles of God’s kingdom and allowed their bodies to be tortured and violated and endured the intense pain of a slow, pain-ridden and certain death.
~ Source: Sikhiwiki