The name of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur – a Bairagi (ascetic) is remembered with utmost reverence for the supreme sacrifice that he made, high character & courage and rarest of rare power of endurance that he displayed in the most trying times of the Sikh history and the revolution that he brought in the minds of the people to resist tyranny & to live and die for a National cause. The force and ferocity, the speed and severity with which he carried Guru Gobind Singh’s mission to punish the perpetrators of evil & wrong on Guru Arjan Dev Ji, Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji, two Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Sayyad Pir Budhu Shah Ji and on other Hindus and Sikhs and crush all the centers of oppression like Samana, Sirhind and Kapuri etc. is unique and unparalleled.
In seven stormy years he & his peasant army wrested extensive territories from the mighty Mughal Empire & established first ever Independent Sikh State. He introduced a new Calender dating from his historic Capture of Sirhind, struck new coins bearing names of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji and made a Royal Seal bearing Guru’s name, Degh (Cauldron) & Tegh (Sword). He abolished Zamindari System & conferred Proprietary Rights on the cultivators. He gave religious freedom to the Muslims as well.
A dauntless spirit can do much, but, not everything . After seven long years he was over powered by the combined forces of Mughal and Hill Rajas & besieged in Gurdas nangal Village near Gurdaspur in Punjab. He and his Army suffered great hardships and resisted the seize under most gruesome conditions for eight long months. At least he was captured alongwith his famished Sikhs and was martyred in Delhi in a most gruesome manner, unheard in the pages of the History.
The present “Gaddi Nashin “
Baba Jatinder Pal Singh ji Sodhi is leading Bandai Community