Chandigarh: The war of Chappchchiri in Sikh history holds a prominent place. This war is considered to be important because this war happened at that time when the number of Sikhs was reduced to the world. The entire family of Guru Gobind Singh was martyred. Dasam Patshah, Guru Granth Sahib was appointed as eternal teacher, but before he passed away, Guru Sahib handed over the command to Baba Banda Singh Bahadar to rebuild the Sikh community.
The great general who made Banda Singh from Bairagi Madho Das, started the challenging task of organizing Sikhs in Punjab by taking the turban of Guru and achieving success in it. The entire Sikh community, including Banda Singh, had to win the highest mission, because the Sikh community was filled with anger against the small reds of Tashan Dham’s martyrdom here.
After Samana, Sadhaura, Shahabad, Ghumaram, Thaska and Mustafabad, the turn came to Sirhind. On 12 May 1710, the governor of Sirhind, Wazir Khan, with a total of about one lakh, and the army of 6-7 thousand Baba Banda Singh Bahadar reached the Chappar Chiri field. In this war, Banda Singh Bahadur has shown insight as a warrior commander. In the battle, very few soldiers in the battle bowed in wisely with the command that today Banda Singh is considered to be in the line of the top military commanders of the world.
Wazir Khan’s army lost their lives in the Chappar Chiri field, and experienced veteran commander and governor of Sirhind, Wazir Khan also lost his life in this war. Wazir Khan’s younger son and son-in-law also died in the fight. In this way the Sikhs sardamed Sirhind and on May 14 came to Sirhind in the form of Sikh winners.
This was the most important battle in Sikh history which was fought on the field of Chapparchiri and under the command of Banda Singh Bahadur, the Khalsa succeeded. That victory was the most important victory for Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. After this, Banda Singh made a memorial at the place of small red shaheedi. Sirhind won the victory by winning the slogan of slavery from Punjab for seven hundred years and it was such a win that shook the headlines of the Mughal government.
In memory of that war, a memorial named Fateh Burj has been erected at Chappchchiri place in Mohali, where many warrior statues including Baba Banda Singh have been installed, every year there are Sirhind Fateh March from Sirhind to Sirhind.
– Harsharan Kaur