About Bandhi Chor Divas


Bandi Chor Divas is a very important day of celebration for the Sikhs all around the world. The day commemorates the release of Guru Hargobind Sahib along with 52 other kings from the Gwalior Prison in the year 1619. Bandhi literally means to be imprisoned, chor means to release, and Divas means day. Thus Bandhi Chor Divas is a Day of Liberation for the Sikhs, when they celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Bandi Chorh Diwas and Diwali are not one and the same. They also fall on different days but celebrated now as a common festival on the day of Diwali.

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History

  • Jehangir felt that Guru Hargobind Sahib was becoming too powerful after the construction of the Akal Takht in Amritsar, and considered him to be a threat.
  • Thus Jehangir detained him in the Gwalior Fort.
  • Here, the Guru met many Kings and princes held as political prisoners.
  • They were in fact innocent leaders who were being held without a proper trial.
  • Sai Mian Mir, a Sufi Saint managed to change the mind of Jehangir and convinced him to release the Guru.
  • However, Guru Hargobind Sahib refused to accept the release order unless the 52 other kings imprisoned in the fort were released along with him.
  • Jehangir initially refused but later agreed on condition that at the time of release each of the prisoners would have to hold on to the cloak of Guru Hargobind Sahib.
  • Thus the Guru apart from showing compassion also managed to end the whole episode without a battle or shedding a drop of blood.

Celebrations

  • Gurudwara Bandi Chor, where the Guruji was detained in Gwalior, is lit up like a bride.
  • All the other Gurudwaras are also decorated and Langar is organised.

Bandhi Chor Diwas and Diwali may be Separate occasions but the essence remains the same and that is the victory of good over evil.
Wishing all the Sikhs around the world a Happy Bandhi Chor Divas. Sat Sri Akal.

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