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Guru Tegh Bahadur: Religious Freedom Icon



  Nov 29, 2023

Guru Tegh Bahadur: A Symbol of Religious Freedom



Historical Context: Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru, is revered for his stand against religious persecution. He opposed forced conversions and other impositions under Mughal rule.

Martyrdom at Chandni Chowk: He was executed on the orders of Emperor Aurangzeb on 24 November 1675. The site of his martyrdom is marked by Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

Sanctuary for the Persecuted: Facing forced conversions, Kashmiri Pandits sought refuge with Guru Tegh Bahadur. He took a stand for their religious freedom, demonstrating interfaith solidarity.

Legacy in New Delhi: Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, located between a church and a mosque, signifies communal harmony. It marks the site where his body was cremated.

Teachings of Tolerance: His teachings emphasized faith, love, charity, brotherhood, and peace, transcending religious externalities.

Relevance Today: Guru Tegh Bahadur’s legacy is a reminder of the importance of religious freedom and tolerance in contemporary society.

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