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Vanquisher of the enemy, protector of the poor.

This painting is based on the Gurbani lines taken from DASAM GRANTH by the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.

Guru Gobind Singh completed the work of raising a new kind of people free from the curse of caste system and infusing courage, confidence and the spirit of standing up and resisting all kinds of tyranny unleashed by the Mughul Empire. This work was started by the first Guru, Guru Nanak and carried forward by the succeeding Gurus and given the finishing touches by the tenth Guru. For this, Guru Gobind Singh created khalsa, an army of saint soldiers, pure in thoughts as well as deeds.

Baisakhi of 1699 is very important and have a very unique place in the human history. On this day, on a call given by the tenth master, thousands of devotees flocked to Anandpur Sahib.

The Guru asked for the head of one devotee and on repeated calls Bhai Daya Ram got up and offered himself. Then Bhai Dharam Das, Bhai Mohkam Chand, Bhai Sahib Chand and Himmat Rai too offered themselves to the Guru. The Guru prepared Amrit and baptized the five, they became Panj Piyare, the five beloved of the Guru. Then Guru asked the five to baptize him so he became the Guru as well as the disciple. More than twenty thousand people took Amrit and became Sikhs on that day alone. He laid the foundation of a new kind of religion where all the persons rich or poor, high or low became equal. Caste or Creed had no place in it. They became Singhs. They became saint soldiers, an army of fearless, courageous and brave who were ready to defend the weaker sections of the society and to lay down their lives for the righteous deeds. He infused courage, felling of patriotism in the people who were now ready to die for their faith and principles and in defense of the weak and the oppressed with God on their lips and sword in their hand.

By drinking the nectar (ghT[ gkj[b yzv/ Xko), the weak one became brave and courageous. The lowly became at par with the upper castes. The persons who had never touched a sword or any kind of weapon, showed marvellous example of bravery in the battlefield that stunned the Mughal forces.

Protector of the poor ਗਰੀਬੁਲ ਪਰਸਤੈ ॥
On the left hand, the Guru is holding a shield. A soldier is going to attack the poor and helpless man. The Guru served as shield and saved the person from being killed by the attacker so he was both a vanquisher of the enemy and protector of the poor and the weak. Most importantly, he wanted to kill the negative qualities of the person. Otherwise, fear not and frighten not was always the motto for the Sikhs. He wanted the people to be truthful, brave and courageous so that they could lead a life of dignity.

At the bottom on one side, the Artist has shown a blacksmith giving a shape to the piece of iron. He is making a sickle (used for cutting grass). He keeps the iron on the anvil and with hammer is able to give a proper and final shape to the sickle. On the other side, the man is cutting the grass with sickle prepared by the blacksmith.

Symbolically, the Artist has shown that Guru Gobind Singh instilled the qualities of education, humility, victory, bravery, truthfulness, determination and courage to face the enemy and the Khalsa became strong enough to strike at the very root of the Mughal Empire. As the sickle cuts the grass from the roots, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur a mere yogi, drank the nectar and came like a whirlwind to uproot the Mughal Empire. Thus, Guru Gobind Singh succeeded in the impossible task of creating an army of brave men who were ready to die for the noble and righteous deeds. They always prayed to die in the battlefield fighting for a noble cause.

The Guru also instilled the idea of bliss (g{oB gowkBzd) in his Sikhs. They not only fought and were victorious in the battle field, but were also able to kill the vices, control and win over the desires. That way they were able to achieve the blissful state of mind in this world. He moulded the ordinary, lower, weaker persons and raised them to be great warriors and men of high spiritual and moral character.

Vanquisher of the enemy ਗ਼ਨੀਮੁਲ ਸ਼ਿਕਸਤੈ ॥
In the centre, the Artist has shown Guru Gobind Singh. There is spiritual aura about him, with his handsome face, intense eyes and with his famous Kalgi in the turban. His bow and quiver is also shown in the painting. His famous baaz is also shown. In the right hand the Artist has shown his sword and a string of beads on the wrist indicating the Miri (temporal power) and Piri (spiritual power), the qualities of a warrior and a religious leader. When all other methods of persuasion failed, he lifted the sword to rescue the downtrodden people from the tyrannical rulers. He never killed the enemy by surprise attacks. He never shot an arrow on the enemy’s soldiers who were not engaged in the battle at that time. He made the sparrows hunt the falcon and made one fight lakhs.( ;tk bky ;/ J/e bVkT{A.sp? r'fpzd f;zx Bkw ejkT{A.)

Determination to win fB;u/ eo ngBh ihs eo{z
He was determined to save the poor, weaker people from the clutches of the atrocities leashed by the rulers. He had immense love for all the human beings. He tirelessly worked for the upliftment of the oppressed and the poor people so that they could lead a life of dignity. For him, all were equal before the Lord Almighty. He wanted to achieve this impossible task and was successful in doing it. He completed this impossible task will sheer will-power, determination and his love for the humanity

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