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Bibi Viro's Five Warrior Sons⁣


As mentioned in Episode 84, before Guru Hargobind leaves this world, he blesses his daughter Bibi Viro, saying that her sons will be great warriors. Her five sons, Sango Shah, Jeet Mall, Gulab Chand, Mahari Chand, and Ganga Raam are Guru Gobind Singh's first cousins. They fight in the Battle of Bhangani bravely and two of the five, Sango Shah and Jeet Mall attain martyrdom [shahidi] during the Guru's Victory. Guru Gobind Singh writes about their gallantry in his Bachitar Natak, which is translated below: ⁣

ਤਹਾ ਸਾਹ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਸਾਹ ਸੰਗ੍ਰਾਮ ਕੋਪੇ ॥ ਪੰਚੋ ਬੀਰ ਬੰਕੇ ਪ੍ਰਿਥੀ ਪਾਇ ਰੋਪੇ ॥ ਹਠੀ ਜੀਤ ਮੱਲੰ ਸੁ ਗਾਜੀ ਗੁਲਾਬੰ ॥ ਰਣੰ ਦੇਖੀਐ ਰੰਗ ਰੂਪੰ ਸਹਾਬੰ ॥4॥⁣

There [in the Battle of Bhangani] the merchant, the Exalted Sango Shah, stood in the battle in great anger, the beautiful five warriors [sons of Bibi Viro], their feet stood firm [in the Battle]. The headstrong Jeet Mal, and the great warrior Gulab Chand, looking at the battlefield, they turned red [in anger]. ⁣

ਹਠਿਯੋ ਮਾਹਰੀ ਚੰਦਯੰ ਗੰਗ ਰਾਮੰ ॥ ਜਿਨੈ ਕਿਤੀਯੰ ਜਿਤੀਯੰ ਫੌਜ ਤਾਮੰ ॥ ਕੁਪੇ ਲਾਲ ਚੰਦੰ ਕੀਏ ਲਾਲ ਰੂਪੰ ॥ ਜਿਨੈ ਗਜੀਯੰ ਗਰਬ ਸਿੰਘੰ ਅਨੂਪੰ ॥5॥ ⁣

Mahari Chand and Ganga Raam came in great determination, scaring off and conquering countless warriors. Laal Chand, who broke the incredible ego of countless tiger-like warriors, turned red in anger. ⁣

ਕੁਪਿਯੋ ਮਾਹਰੂ ਕਾਹਰੂ ਰੂਪ ਧਾਰੇ ॥ ਜਿਨੈ ਖਾਨ ਖਾਵੀਨੀਯੰ ਖੇਤ ਮਾਰੇ ॥ ⁣

Mahari Chand, who killed many arrogant Khan warriors, came into the battlefield like an enraged vicious tiger.⁣

Bachitar Natak, Chapter 8⁣

Dasam Guru Granth Sahib


Artwork by @jatindersinghdurhailay

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