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Battle of Guru Gobind SIngh Ji and Paindey Khan - Suraj Prakash



At the beginning of the Battle of Anandpur (1700), Paindey Khan a general of the forces from Delhi, challenged Guru Gobind Singh to a duel. The Great Poet Santokh Singh describes the scene after the Guru allowed Paindey Khan to take two clear shots with his bow and arrow, the Guru then fired back:⁣

ਭੁਜੰਗ ਪ੍ਰਯਾਤ ਛੰਦ ।⁣

ਲਗ੍ਯੋ ਬਾਨ ਕਾਨੰ ਨਜੀਕੰ ਬਿਸਾਲਾ । ਗਿਰ੍ਯੋ ਭੂਮ ਮੈਂ ਖਾਨ ਕੀਨੇ ਉਤਾਲਾ । ⁣

The arrow forcefully struck right near his ear which made Paindey Khan fall heavily on the ground. ⁣

ਗਯੋ ਭਾਜ ਘੋਰਾ ਜਬੈ ਛੂਛ ਹੋਵਾ । ਪਰ੍ਯੋ ਬੀਰ ਭਾਰੋ ਚਮੂੰ ਦੌਨ ਜੋਵਾ ।੧੬।⁣

His horse then ran away when it was separated from him; both large armies were watching this formidable warrior laying on the ground. ⁣

ਗੁਰੂ ਸੈਫ਼ ਖੈਂਚੀ ਬਡੀ ਤਾਤਕਾਲਾ । ਭਏ ਸੀਸ ਉਪੈ ਖਰੇ ਕੈ ਉਤਾਲਾ । ⁣

The Guru quickly then drew his lengthy sword [Saif], and then [after riding up to Paindey Khan] stood over his head. ⁣

ਪਿਖੇ ਭੀਮ ਰੂਪੰ ਭਯੋ ਖਾਨ ਭੀਰਾ । ਮਹਾਂ ਤ੍ਰਾਸ ਮਾਨ੍ਯੋ ਮ੍ਰਿਤੂ ਤੇ ਅਧੀਰਾ ।੧੭।⁣

Looking at the Guru's horrifying form Paindey Khan then recoiled, he was terrified and afraid of death. ⁣

ਭਨੇ ਦੀਨ ਬੈਨੰ ਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਰਖੀਜੈ । ਮਹਾਂ ਤੇਗ ਤੀਖੀ ਨ ਗ੍ਰੀਵਾ ਕਟੀਜੈ ।⁣

Pleading he said, "Guru Ji save me ! Do not cut my throat with your large sharp sword [Tegha]!"⁣

ਪ੍ਰਭੂ ਫੇਰ ਬੋਲੇ ਪਠਾਨਾ ਸੰਭਾਲੋ । ਅਬੈ ਰਾਖਬੇ ਕੋ ਲਖ੍ਯੋ ਕੌਨ ਕਾਲੋ ।੧੮।⁣

The Master then spoke, "Keep the honour of the Pattans [and do not cower], you think someone can save you at this time?

ਕਰੋ ਯਾਦ ਕਲਮਾ ਲਖੋ ਪ੍ਰਾਨ ਅੰਤਾ । ਮਹਾਂ ਬਾਨ ਘਾਵੰ ਬਚੈਂ ਨਾ ਕਦੰਤਾ ।⁣

Understand this to be the end of your life and remember your Kalma [Muslim prayer], my arrow has injured you so greatly there is no saving you."

ਇਮੰ ਬੋਲਤੇ ਸੈਫ਼ ਸਾਫੰ ਚਲਾਈ । ਜੁਦੋ ਰੁੰਡ ਤੇ ਮੁੰਡ ਕੀਨੋ ਤਦਾਈ ।੧੯।⁣

Saying this the Guru then struck down with his sword [Saif] separating Paindey Khan's head from his body. ⁣

ਜਬ ਮਾਰਿ ਲੀਨੋ ਭਏ ਸ਼ੱਤ੍ਰੁ ਦੀਨੰ । ਫਤੇ ਖਾਲਸੇ ਦੇਖਿ ਆਨੰਦ ਕੀਨੰ ।⁣

When he was killed the enemies were greatly dejected, recognizing the victory the Khalsa was in great bliss. ⁣

Gurpratap Suraj Prakash Granth (1843), author: the Great Poet Santokh Singh⁣

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