During the speech on Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti, the 355th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, Indian PM Modi announced that December 26, starting this year, will be observed as “Veer Baal Diwas” as a tribute to the 10th Sikh guru Gobind Singh’s four sons who were executed by the Mughals.

The four Sahibzade Khalsa warriors were the sons of Guru Gobind Singh, the leader of the Sikhs in the Punjab region during the Mughal Empire. In 1699, Gobind Singh created the Khalsa, an elite warrior band to protect the innocent from religious persecution. Gobind Singh had three wives and four sons: Ajit, Jujhar, Zorawar, Fateh. All four of his sons were initiated into the Khalsa and all were executed by Mughal forces before the age of 19.

“The bravery and ideals of Mata Gujri, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji and the four Sahibzades give strength to millions of people. They never bowed to injustice. They envisioned a world that is inclusive and harmonious. It is the need of the hour for more people to know about them,” PM Modi said.

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