About: Baba Banda Singh Bahadur – One Who Abolished Jagirdaari & Zamindari System

About - Baba Banda Singh Bahadur (Fateh Burj, Mohali, Punjab, India)

Before leaving for His heavenly Abode the first Sikh General anointed as the chief of Khalsa Panth by Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji at Naderh, was known in the history as Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. After his arrival at Punjab, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur first of all took victory over Samana & Sadhaura in November 1709. After that in May 1710 he won Sirhind in the battleground of Chapparchiri by defeating Mughal armies under the leadership of Wazir Khan, the Subedar of Sirhind. The Khalsa took the revenge of the martyrdom of the younger Sahibzadas of the Tenth Guru Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji by killing Wazir Khan, the Subedar of Sirhind.

With the victory over Sirhind, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur established the Rule of Khalsa in the State of Sirhind which was expanded from Sutluj to Yamuna river. Immediately after establishing the Khalsa Rule, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur released the Governmental Coins and Mohars having names of Great Sikh Gurus. On the coins there were following lines.

Deg O Teg O Fateh O Nusrat Bedrang
Yaafat Aj Nanak Guru Gobind Singh

Along with this Baba Banda Singh Bahadur also abolished the Jagirdaari & Zamindari system and gave the farmers the proprietorship of their lands. The period of first Khalsa Rule was from 1708 to 1716. At last on 9th June, 1716 Baba Banda Singh Bahadur ji embraced martyrdom along with his son Ajay Singh & 700 Sikhs at Delhi for illuminating the Sikh religion in times to come.

(This photo was taken at Fateh Burj, Chappar Chiri in Mohali (Punjab).