Guru Tegh Bahadur

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Birthday
1, 1621
Birthplace
India
Death Date
Nov 11, 1675 (54)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
1, 1621
Birthplace
India
Death Date
Nov 11, 1675 (54)

About

Remembered for his protection of Sikhs and Hindus against a seventeenth-century law that forced these Indian religious groups to convert to Islam, Bahadur was appointed his country's Guru of Sikhs in early 1664. As a result of his actions, he was sentenced to death by the Indian Emperor; his execution made him a martyr.

Before Fame

During his early years, he trained as both a horseback rider and an archer.

Trivia

He penned many hymns that came to be included in Sikhism's religious text, the Guru Granth Sahib.

Family Life

Born Tyaga Mal Khatri in Amritsar, India, he was one of the six children of Guru Hargobind and Nanaki. His marriage to Mata Gujri resulted in a writer and warrior son named Guru Gobind Singh.

Associated With

He and Guru Nanak were both important Sikh religious leaders.