Banda Singh ji Bahadur Avenges Chotte Sahibzadey (archive)

“When You are with me, why should I look to anyone else? You gave me everything ever since I became Your Banda.”

– Guru Arjun Dev ji (Guru Granth Sahib, 1096)

Baba Banda Singh Bahadur - Avenger

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    Artist’s Notes

    This painting depicts that epic moment when Baba Banda Singh ji Bahadur captures Wazir Khan with a group of Singhs. In order to bring Wazir Khan to justice, Baba ji punishes him for executing the Chotte Sahibzadey, the innocent children of Guru Gobind Singh ji.

    In the foreground, we see the innocent Chotte Sahibzadey fallen amongst cold bricks, cruelly murdered at sunset. Behind them, we see Banda Singh Bahadur and his Singhs surrounding the cruel Wazir Khan, with spears in hand. Wazir Khan’s horse is slain and falls to the ground, representing the fall of Sirhind, and he is forced to defend himself as he collapses to the hard ground. In the background, Baba ji’s army is returning back home after conquering the city of Sirhind and punishing Wazir Khan for his actions.

    In this painting, I depicted these two events that took place several years apart – martyrdom of Chotta Sahibzade and Banda Singh Bahadur’s attack on Sirhind – together into a single painting to connect them and tie them together to give context of the story to new viewers and future generations.

    A Closer Look

    Chotte Sahibzadey, Zoravar Singh, Fateh Singh, Zorawar Singh, Guru Gobind Singh

    Chotte Sahibzadey

    The Chotte Sahibzadey, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh ji, were only around 6 and 9 years old when they were bricked alive. During wartime, they had been separated from their father, Guru Gobind Singh ji, at the Sirsa River and had been travelling with their Grandmother, Mata Gujri ji, to a safe location. On their way, they were reported to the Mughal government, to Wazir Khan, and were captured by his police.

    Wazir Khan

    Wazir Khan

    Wazir Khan was the Nawab of Sirhind. He wanted Sher Muhammad Khan to punish Guru’s children. Even though Sher Muhammad’s brother had been killed by Guru Sahib, in battle, he sternly refused at the offer and criticized it for its cruelty. He did not deem it humane to punish children for the crime of the father. Wazir Khan however, had lost all his humanity. The next day he ordered that the Sahibzadey be bricked alive, and they were killed that evening.

    Baba Banda Singh Bahadur

    Baba Banda Singh Bahadur

    Several years later when Baba Banda Singh ji Bahadur heard of this cruel deed, he set out to punish Wazir Khan in Sirhind. Baba ji was a generous man, an enlightened soul and very powerful, he possessed ridhiyan sidhiyan. He was a bairagi at heart and did not care for wordly possessions. Anything he looted on his conquests, he just gave away to his soldiers and generals. Guru Gobind Singh ji had given him leadership of his sikhs for a reason. So along with Guru’s sikhs, he amassed a huge army on the way to Sirhind and captured the city. There he captured Wazir Khan and the Singhs punished Wazir Khan for his actions.

    9 Responses to “Banda Singh ji Bahadur Avenges Chotte Sahibzadey (archive)”

    1. Rishabh Singh Loomba March 28, 2015 at 12:12 am Permalink

      My dear Bhagat, The great Guru’s of Sikhism have blessed you with great talent and a divine vision to retell the inspiring stories of glorious Sikh era. May Wahe Guru continue to offer you the light and wisdom to continue this great work. Would love to see a painting of Guru Nanak Ji and Bhai Mardana in Mecca. God bless. Rishabh Singh Loomba

    2. Sukh June 8, 2015 at 2:46 pm Permalink

      I just seen this picture and am quite insulted, this artist needs his head examined, typical mind over matter painting, how dare any one dipict the chotay sahabzahdey with such disrespect.. And how dare banda singh bahadur be depicted wearing a turks turban in red dress… Ridiculous.. Fantasy shameful art.. The ones praising are uneducated and dont know about their own histories from their elbows, i can start a campaign to stop this ill conceieved art concepts..the artist should be banished from further ill repute, Fantasy sikh warriors, keep this bolloney in your closet where it returns to dust. I dont speak from my own merits as a sikh, a citizen or an artist, i speak on behalf of the voiceless and those that respect the guru’s as their ultimate master. How could this painting be improved.. Stop…the artist needs to visit the panj pyaray for permissions only then he should be allowed to display his works in the public gaze. The events in this picture are historically incorrect.. If the artist does not reframe i will take it upon myself to take this campaign to a higher authority, the saadh sangath. If the artist wishes to know about sikh art he should visit the golden temple exhibition, even watching the chaar sahab jahadey movie will help understand why this depiction is disrespectful. This painting will be pleasing to extremists such as islamists, the rss, and shiv sena who will benefit in promoting their assimilation of sikh dharma.

      • B. Dhillon June 8, 2015 at 3:46 pm Permalink

        This is a beautiful piece of art. It is an artist’s rendering of a time in our Sikh history when our people sacrificed so much. You are so angered by a style of turban and the art is meant to evoke emotion. You seem to be as intolerant as the Islamists. Please don’t speak for all Sikhs Sukh. I am new to this sight and I can wait to see the next painting.

      • Mannu June 15, 2015 at 4:41 am Permalink

        Hello Sukh

        This painting is going to be given as a gift to Fatehgarh Sahib. I openly challenge you coward to appear there when this gift is presented. You keyboard warriors are spreading like the plague these days. You talk too much nonsense, just be a man and show up, I will post here a month before the exact time and date when this will be gifted, and you can come hero and we will see how brave you are oh big bad Sikh you claim!! I know your a coward and won’t show up, but I’m not a coward so I will give you a opportunity to come and speak in person as to why this painting is a bad thing.

      • prince911 July 18, 2015 at 11:41 am Permalink

        If this was phrased as a question that would have been nice. My friends have already addressed that so I will address your points.

        “turks turban in red dress… ”
        It’s called a Dumalla or Dumballa. Du – Two, Malla – Turban
        Notice how Banda Singh has 1 white turban with 1 red one wrapped around it to tighten it? What’s 1 + 1? That’s a dumalla. His fellow Singhs also have the same style of Dumalla.

        Guru Arjun Dev ji says –
        ਮੈ ਗੁਰ ਮਿਲਿ ਉਚ ਦੁਮਾਲੜਾ ॥
        I meet the Guru with my Dumalla of high status (farla).

        Bhai Kahn Singh ji says in his Kosh – ਜੋ ਇਸ ਤੁਕ ਤੋਂ ਨਿਹੰਗਸਿੰਘ ਦੇ ਦੁਮਾਲੇ (ਦਮਾਲੇ) ਦਾ ਅਰਥ ਕਢਦੇ ਹਨ, ਉਹ ਪ੍ਰਕਰਣ ਤੋਂ ਅਞਾਣ ਹਨ.

        During Guru Arjun Dev ji’s time, and the rest of Guru Period, the dumalla looked very different to how it does today. The style has evolved over many centuries to the modern one. Banda Singh, since he was present during the Guru period, would also have a similar style of turban. See my painting of Dashmesh Pita –

        “turks turban in red dress… ”
        You don’t like red? It’s directly opposite to green on the colour wheel. (hint 😉

        By the way, Turks wore Blue dresses.
        Guru Nanak Dev ji says –
        ਨੀਲ ਬਸਤ੍ਰ ਲੇ ਕਪੜੇ ਪਹਿਰੇ ਤੁਰਕ ਪਠਾਣੀ ਅਮਲੁ ਕੀਆ ॥
        Wearing Blue clothes the Turk and Pathans came into power.

        Puratan paintings of Sikh warriors show them wearing all kinds of colours. Orange, white, pink, red, blue, you name it.

        In many sources, it is mentioned that Banda Singh didn’t wear blue because Turks, the Mughals he was fighting, wore that colour!

        “dipict the chotay sahabzahdey with such disrespect.. ”
        What disrespect? Do you even know what that word means? Do me a favour and google “Kirpal Singh artist”. Look at his paintings of Shaheeds – Mani Singh ji, Mati Das ji, Bhai Dyala ji.
        Also see my painting of Guru Arjun Dev ji –

        Notice anything?

        Sorry for the late response. Let me know if you have any questions.

        • Peoplewilllookforreligioninname January 22, 2016 at 11:58 pm Permalink

          Very nice Bhagat ji. Not certain what is the fuss here, have they seen actual Sahibzadeys’ and Banda Singh Bahadur ji !!!

          We as humans just want to see what we want to see..we as sikhs have become so rigid that I see no difference now. Because of all the rigidnesss in Hinduism, Babaji moved away from that religion and what are we doing now!!!

          Go guys watch something else, why are you wasting time here if you don’t want to see/understand the actual meaning. Have some patience…

          This is a very nice depiction.

    3. Bindi Gill September 4, 2015 at 11:47 pm Permalink

      I think the painting is historically inaccurate. It It depicts Banda Singh avenging while the Shahibzade are still lying in their brick enclave. The two incidents did not happen simultaneously. Maybe it’s the artist way of giving context to the painting. However I think putting some kind of frame or cloud around the Shahibzade would lend it more historical accuracy. Just my view.

    4. Jasdeep Grewal December 19, 2015 at 1:21 pm Permalink

      WJKK WJKF, can the artist please explain why the Chotte Sahibzadey’s head’s arn’t covered and I have ben told that mata gujri ji dressed the Chotte Sahibzadey in very nice clothes, in the painting it seems as if it is just simple banna correct me if i am wrong please and thank you, WJKK WJKF!

      • Bhagat Bedi December 21, 2015 at 3:17 am Permalink

        WJKK WJKF Veerji,
        Why this obsession with Sahibzadas’ turbans? Look at the paintings of other shaheeds. Paintings of shaheed- Mani Singh ji, Bhai Dyala ji, Mati Das ji, etc by Bhai Kirpal Singh ji.
        Look at my painting of shaheed Guru Arjun Dev ji.

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