Paying tribute to Diwan Todar Mal

Todar Mal did not shun his responsibility and proved his love for Guru Sahib and his family by happily giving away his wealth.

Paying tribute to the supreme sacrifice of Chaar Sahibzaade would be incomplete if I do not remember the selfless deeds of Diwan Todar Mal.

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Diwan Todar Mall was a wealthy Hindu merchant of Sirhind who devoted his life to Sri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib by heart and in spirit. It was he who performed the cremation of the three martyred bodies of the two younger sons Sahibzaada Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh along with their grandmother, Mata Gujri Ji.

It so happened that when Sahibzade were bricked alive by the Mughal authorities on the 12 December 1705 for not renouncing their faith, Mata Gujri Ji also left for holy abode owing to the grief and shock of losing her beloved grandsons. Mughal authorities refused to hand over their bodies saying that these could not be cremated on government land.

The greedy Mughals asked for covering the required ground for cremation with gold coins to get the release of the three bodies.

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In those times landowners around the Sirhind Fort were scared of Mughals so they would not permit him to hold the cremation in their fields, until one Chaudhari Atta agreed to sell him a plot. Diwan Todar Mal Ji then produced the gold coins and bought the piece of land he needed for the cremation. Historians estimate that Diwan Sahab gave nearly 7,800 gold coins to buy the required land.

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Sikh community is indebted to Diwan Todal Mal who performed the last rites for the three. Todar Mal did not shun his responsibility and proved his love for Guru Sahib and his family by happily giving away his wealth.

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Author: MS Sirsa

A passionate Indian. A devout Sikh. A leader who believes in following the ultimate Guru - Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. A people's representative; MLA Delhi Vidhan Sabha from Rajouri Garden. Man next door; always available to help people in their times of trouble. General Secretary of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee. A truthful speaker. A big fan of Indian Soldiers & Military. Fearless and courageous Indian.

One thought on “Paying tribute to Diwan Todar Mal”

  1. शत् शत् नमन स्व: श्री टोडर मल जी को, इस देश के लोग हमेशा अपने पूर्वजो कर्जदार रहेंगे, हमारे प्यारे देश ने और पूर्वजो को हर बार विश्वासघात के खंजर से लहुलुहान किया है विदेशियों ने, आजादी यूं नही मिलती उसे लड के पाना होता है, आज हम जिस आजाद भारत की हवा में सांस ले रहे ये सिर्फ और सिर्फ हमारे पूर्वजों के साहस दमखम और बलिदान से ही मुमकिन हुआ है,,, हमारे पूर्वज हमेशा अमर रहे,
    जय हिन्द 🇮🇳🇮🇳

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