17th-century Residence Jahaz Haveli Of Diwan Todarmal Ji Sirhind Punjab Tourism
17th-century Residence Jahaz Haveli Of Diwan Todarmal Ji Sirhind Punjab Tourism: This haveli belongs to Diwan Todermal ji which is in Sirhind, Punjab.
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The Haveli Todar Mal popularly known as Jahaz Haveli or Jahaz Mahal is the 17th-century residence of Todar Mal Ji.
The Haveli is situated in Harnam Nagar, on the Eastern side of the Sirhind-Rupnagar Railway Line just 1 km away from Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib Ji, and is now being taken over and restored by SGPC with the help of the Punjab govt and INTACH.
This haveli is old about 1665-66 AD. Whenever the martyrdom of Dashmesh’s Pita Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s younger Sahibzade Zorawar Singh Ji and Fateh Singh Ji will be discussed, history will not move forward without mentioning the martyrdom of Bhai Motiram Mehra and Dewan Todarmal’s loyalty and dedication to the Guru Ghar.
According to Kochhar, when Guru Sahib’s family got separated after leaving Anandpur Sahib on the banks of river Sirsa, the servant Gangu of Guru’s house took Mata Gujri ji and the younger Sahibzade from there to his village Khedi near Morinda.
On reaching there, after stealing the bag of money and jewelery kept under Mataji’s pillow, Gangu conveyed the news of Guru’s family being in his house to the rulers of Morinda, Wazir Khan.
Greedy for the reward from the government. Because of this, Mataji and Sahibzade were taken prisoner and presented in the court of Nawab Wazir Khan of Sirhind. Then the Nawab gave the order to imprison the old mother and Sahibzade in the thanda Burj which is later known as Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib Ji in the coldest winter.
Giving information about the Martyrdom Day (Saheedi Divas) of Chhote Sahibzade, historian and researcher Surendra Kochhar told reporters that when everyone was backing away from supporting the Guru’s family due to the fear of the Mughals in the time of crisis and calamity on the Guru’s family.
The loyalty shown at that time by Bhai Moti Ram Mehra and Diwan Todar Mal to Guru Sahib while performing their duties has immortalized them in Sikh history forever.
Bhai Moti Ram Mehra, who was appointed by the Nawab of Sirhind to provide food to the Hindu prisoners, when he got the news that Mataji and Sahibzadas were imprisoned in the cold bastion (Thanda Burj), he reached the cold bastion by filling hot milk in an empty vessel.
He knew that the guards of the tower would not allow the pot of hot milk to reach inside the tower under any circumstances, so he took his wife’s and mother’s jewelry and some money with him to bribe the guards while leaving.
Moti Ram Mehra kept going to the cold bastion for three consecutive nights by bribing the guards to feed hot milk to Mataji and Sahibzads. Later, when the Nawab came to know about this, he issued an order and killed Moti Ram Mehra and his old mother, wife, and only son by putting them in Kohlu.
He told that when the Sahibzade were brutally martyred after being walled up alive, along with the dead body of Mata Gujri ji was kept in the forest behind the existing Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib.
Who Was Toder Mal Ji?
Diwan Todar Mal, a wealthy employee of the Mughal court of that area, sought permission from the Nawab to take the body and perform the last rites.
According to the condition laid by the Nawab on this, the land was obtained by laying gold stamps for the ceremony. In return for this loyalty to the Guru family, Nawab Sirhind later got Dewan Todermal’s mansion and his remaining property destroyed.
Kochhar said that the martyrdom of Bhai Moti Ram Mehra and his family and Dewan Todar Mal ji’s loyalty and dedication towards Guru Ghar is a unique example in itself, due to which his name will always be taken with respect and honor in Sikh history.