NEW DELHI: On the occasion of Prakash Utsav of Guru Teg Bahadur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid respects to the ninth of the 10 gurus of Sikhism.

“On his Prakash Utsav, I bow to Guru Tegh Bahadur ji. His bravery and spirit of sacrifice will always inspire people,” Modi expressed on his Twitter wall.

The youngest son of Guru Hargobind Singh, Guru Tegh Bahadur was born on April 1, 1621 in Amritsar and executed on November 25, 1675 on the orders of Aurangzeb, a Mughal emperor in Delhi.

A position earlier occupied by his grand-nephew, Guru Har Krishan, Guru Tegh Bahadur became the Ninth Guru of Sikhs on April 16, 1664.

In November 1675, the head of Guru Tegh Bahadur was chopped off in public in Chandni Chowk. Later, Gurudwara Sis Ganj was built at the site where the ninth Sikh guru was beheaded. A day after his death, the headless body was cremated and Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib was built at this site.

(With Agency Inputs)

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