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541 viewsLeft: Sword of Sahib Sri Guru hargobind Ji, which was used to slay Painde Khan.
Middle: Katar (dagger) belonging to the Guru.
Right: Sword of Baba Bidhi Chand Ji. It was presented to him by the Guru for his bravery and service.
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421 viewsSword and dagger belonging to Guru Hargobind Ji. These weapons, as well as other items belonging to the Guru, were presented to Baba Bidhi Chad ji and till today is in their good care. The present jathadar (11th descendent) is Baba Daya Singh Ji.
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713 viewsCloseup of the Guru's sword. Note the engravings and fine work done in gold. This was the sword used to kill Painde Khan in battle (in late April 1635).

A brief story of Painde Khan is given later in this category.
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602 viewsLeft: Sword of Guru Hargobind Ji
Right: His dagger.

Note the engraving / emblem on the blade of the sword (in gold), which, we are told, includes the Guru's name.
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Painde Khan – 871 viewsPainde Khan, once a devoted follower of Guru Hargobind Sahib, deserted the Guru, sought service with the Mughal Governor of Lahore and brought an army to kill the Guru. Painde Khan failed in three attempts to kill the Guru during the battle, and the Guru mortally wounded him with a single blow. When Painde Khan was dying, the Guru provided shade to his face from the scorching sun with his shield and said, "Painde Khan, you are a Mussalman. Now is the time to recite your Kalma (Muslim prayer)." Painde Khan replied, "O Guru, Thy sword is my prayer and the source of my Salvation."
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427 viewsForeground: The Guru's sword and dagger.
Background: Baba Bidhi Chand's sword.

All the weapons on display are in remarkable condition.
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496 viewsCloseup of the Guru's sword (handle)
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688 viewsCloseup of the Guru's dagger. Used by the Guru to kill an attacking tiger.

Katar is a Sikh warring and defense weapon. It is a kind of punch dagger and can cut through the mail armor. The dagger was held by grasping the cross-bars so that the side-bars of the hilt lay on either side of the fist.
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394 viewsCloseup of the Guru's sword (end of sheath). Note the fine engraving.
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