Martyrdom of Zorawar Singh, Fateh Singh
Why lose your faith to save your life,
Faith lives with you, even after you die.
The joint forces of the emperor and the rajas of the Himachal, not considering their solemn promises given to the tenth Guru, attacked him when he left the fort of Anandpur Sahib. It was a cold winter night of December, 1704. Attack by the enemy forces and difficulties of crossing the flooded Sirsa river resulted in the separation of the Sikhs. As mentioned in the previous sakhi, Guru Gobind Singh with his two elder sons and forty Sikhs reached the village Chamkaur. The two younger sons of the Guru and his mother were lost and reached the village of Kheri. They went to the house of Gangu, who used to serve them at Anandpur. To obtain awards from the government for helping them arrest the children and the mother of the Guru, Gangu reported the matter to the police stationed at Morinda. The policemen quickly came to Gangu's house, arrested them and took them to the Governor of Sirhind, to obtain rewards for catching the "rebels".
What greater catch could the governor dream of than capturing alive the family of the Guru, particularly because he had failed to kill the Guru? He decided to convert the young sons of the Guru to Islam by any means. He offered many baits to the children and made promises of royal life if they agreed to become Muslims. The boys, however, remained firm in their faith. Therefore, the governor adopted force and a harsh attitude to pressure them into becoming Muslims.