“Sava lakh se ek laraun, tahbi Gobind Singh naam kahaun” Guru Gobind Singh Ji
Guru Gobind Singh Ji
“For this purpose, was I born, let all virtuous people understand. I was born to advance righteousness, to emancipate the good, and to destroy all evil-doers root and branch.”
After Guru Teg Bahadur, was arrested and executed for refusing to convert to Islam by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, his 9-year-old son, Gobind Rai (Guru Gobind ji) was crowned as the 10th Guru. At 9 years old he fearlessly led the followers and grew Sikhism into what we see today.
He was victorious in 13 battles during his lifetime and he is the creator of the Khalsa which serves to protect and defend the innocent. Guru Gobind Singh Ji was possibly the most prolific of the 10 Gurus and he is seen by many as the embodiment of Sikhism. His teachings have transformed generations of the past and will continue to shape generations of the future.
During his lifetime Guru Gobind Singh Ji mastered spirituality, warriorism, poetry and philosophy. He is the creator of the Five K's and instructed all Sikhs to follow the scriptures of the Guru Granth Sahib after him.
Our paintings try and depict the divinity of his teachings, the ferocity of his emotions and most importantly his teaching to always defend the venerable and protect the innocent.
(If my head is severed, let it be, but don't severe my Sikh way of life)
Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji is one of most honoured martyrs in Sikh history. At the age of 12 he went with his parents to Anandpur Sahib to meet Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh Guru. There, under the watchful command of Guru Gobind Singh Ji he learnt to master the art of horse riding, hunting and Shastar-vidiyaa (weaponry).
On the Vaisakhi of 1700, when Baba Deep Singh Ji was just 18 years old, he received the blessing of Khande-di-pahul (Amrit) from the Guru-roop Panj Piyaare. From that day on he took an oath to serve in Akaal Purakh’s Fauj (the Almighty’s army) and to follow the way of the Khalsa.
He went on to lead the Shaheeda'n Misl under the forces of Taruna Dal and always fought to protect the weak and the needy and always upheld justice and truth. He sacrificed his life while fiercely avenging the destruction of Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar by the forces of Ahmad Shah Abdali and from that day on Baba Deep Singh Ji's life served as an example for all Sikhs on how to live and die with dignity, loyalty and honesty.
Our paintings try to capture Baba Deep Singh Ji's valour, loyalty and honour to Sikhi teachings and the Khalsa.
“When the Tyrants oppress their subjects to the limit, then the almighty sends men like me on earth to mete out his punishment to them”
Banda Singh Bahadur is noted as one of Sikhism's most valiant warriors.
Born to a Hindu family, Banda Singh left home when he was 15 to become a monk and set up a Hindu monastery. After a meeting with Guru Gobind Singh Ji at his monastery, Banda Singh decided to become a disciple of Guru Gobind Singh ji.
In 1708, Banda Singh Bahadur became the leader of Sikh army and he was sent to Punjab to fight against the Mughal Empire. After this first encounter Banda Singh became a formidable force for the Sikh army and continued to wage war on the Mughals. He strengthened the Sikh army's position by taking over the Mughal mint in Samana which meant Sikh army could now mint their own money. He banished the Zamindar system in Punjab and gave farmers the right to own their own land and he also went on to uplift the poor and needy wherever he could. He was victorious in 10 battles during his time as commander of his forces which liberated large parts of Punjab from the Mughals.
In 1715 Banda Singh was captured by the Mughals after an 8-month war in the city of Gurdaspur. He along with 780 prisoners were marched to Delhi in atrocious conditions. Once there they were asked to denounce Sikhism and embrace Islam. All 780 refused and were executed.
Banda Singh Bahadhur was torched for months and was mercilessly killed in 1716, during which neither did his faith nor will waiver to give into the Mughals.
Our paintings have tried to embrace Banda Singh Bahadur's bravery, strength and commitment to Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
“I am neither a child, a young man, nor an ancient; nor am I of any caste”
Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s birthday is celebrated on 14th April and is regarded as one of the greatest religious innovators of all time and the founder of the Sikh religion.
Nanak was an original spiritual thinker and expressed his thoughts in extraordinary poetry that forms the basis of Sikh scripture.
The most famous teachings attributed to Guru Nanak are that there is only one God, and that all human beings can have direct access to God with no need of rituals or priests. His most radical social teachings denounced the caste system and taught that everyone is equal, regardless of caste or gender.