This is a drawing of 'Guru gobind Singh Ji's' elder sons 'Ajit Singh' (18 years old) and 'Jujhar Singh' (14 years old). Who were both martyred at the 'Battle of Chamkaur' in 1704. Which is for my 'Sikh art' exhibition taking place next week, between the 2nd to 15th November at the Winns Gallery in Walthamstow. The Battle Of Chamkaur was a battle fought between the Sikh Khalsa led by Guru Gobind Singh against the Mughal forces led by Wazir Khan.
In 1704, the siege of Anandpur caused great hardships to the Guru and his Sikhs. The Moghuls sent message after message to the Guru that he should vacate the fort and swore on the Quran that they will not harm him. So the Sikhs left during the night of December 20, 1704. As soon as the besiegers realised this they forgot theor oaths and fell upon the Guru's party. Baba Ajit Singh with a party of Sikhs, held up the enemy, while the rest were crossing the river Sarsa.
After crossing the river the Guru hurried towards Chamkaur. He had only forty Sikhs with him, besides his two elder sons. The Mughal army was coming after them and were only a few miles away head of him. He decided to meet them at Chamkaur at the fortress of 'Budhi Chand Rawat'.
The Mughals armies arrived in there thousands at night and decided to force open the gate and rushed towards it. A batch of five Sikhs went out to meet them holding their advance as long as possible. The Sikhs fought bravely and killed many until at last they were overpowered and slain. Then another batch of five Sikhs went out to meet the enemy and check his advance. This went for some time, the enemy suffered heavily at hands of each batch of Sikhs.
After a time, Guru Gobind Singh's eldest son, 'Baba Ajit Singh', asked permission to go out and oppose the enemy. He said, 'Dear father, my name is Ajit or Unconquerable. I will not be conquered and if conquered I will not flee or comeback alive. Permit me to go, dear father'. The Guru knew what the end of his son would be. He hugged and kissed his son and bade him to go out and fight the enemy.
Baba Ajit Singh was accompanied by five Sikhs. They poured a rain of arrows at the enemy and then he took out his lance and sprang upon the enemy. He thrust his lance into the heart of the enemy Soldier. The soldier wore a steel armour, the lance got stuck in the armour. Baba Ajit Singh tried to pull it out, and it broke into two. He drew his sword and fell upon the enemy but was overpowered and was martyred.
The Guru had been watching with his other son from the roof of the fort. He had admired and rejoiced at the skill, strength and bravery shown by his eldest son. He had seen him wounded and saw him fall. Baba Jujhar Singh the second son of Guru Gobind Singh, also watched his elder brother fighting with the enemy and he too had seen him fall. At once he stood before his father and made the same request as his elder brother had to permit him to go. He said that he will prove worthy of him and will die fighting with his face towards the enemy, with the name of the Lord and the Guru on his lips and in his heart.
Baba Jujhar Singh was then less than sixteen years of age. The Guru was pleased to hear what he had said. He gave him a sword and a shield and said: 'Go my son, and wed the life-giving Death. Now we shall return to our real home. Go and wait for me there. Your grandfather and elder brother are already waiting for you.'
Once armed Jujhar Singh went out with five Sikhs. He fought bravely and fearlessly as his elder brother had done. But the odds were too heavily loaded against him and he was overpowered and died fighting at last. The Guru was watching all this, and saw his second son fall. He thanked God that his son had proven worthy of a saint soldier.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji did survive the battle, but at a heavy price. losing his 2 eldest sons to the enemy and nearly all his Sikh soldiers. But he would also lose his remaining 2 youngest sons, who were later executed.