Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji
Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the fifth Guru of the Sikhs, was the embodiment of Godly devotion, Selfless Service and Universal Love. He was the treasure of celestial knowledge and spiritual excellence. He substantially contributed towards the welfare of the society. He stood steadfastly for the principles he believed in, sacrificed his own life, and attained a unique and unparalleled martyrdom in the history of mankind.
Guru Arjan Dev Ji was martyred in 1606 because the Emperor Jahangir suspected him of supporting a rival to the throne of Emperor, after the death of Emperor Akbar. Emperor Jehangir imprisoned Guru Arjan Dev Ji and later handed him over to Murtaza Khan (an official of Jehangir) to torture Guru Arjan Dev Ji to death. Guru Arjan Dev Ji was made to sit on a scorching iron plate and had boiling sand poured over his body. Historian record Guru Arjan Dev Ji was impervious to this pain and sat there chanting hymns. During this torture, the torturer asked if the Guru would like some water but the Guru refused it defiantly, historians record this spiritual strength of the Guru trembled the torturer’s confidence.
Name: Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji (Sodh lineage)
Place of Avtar: Sri Goindval Sahib
Date of Avtar: 1620 Bikrami, Vaisakh, Tuesday 14th April, 1563
Parents: Mata Bhani Ji, Sri Guru Ram Das Ji
Wife/consort: Mata Ganga Ji
Ascension to Guruship: 1638 Bikrami, Bhadron, 18th September, 1581 AD
Ascension to Sach Kand: 1663 Bikrami, Jeth, 25th May, 1605 AD, Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Lahore
Kin: Sons – Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji
Lifespan: 42 years, 1 month, 27 days
Guruship: 24 years, 9 months, 2 days