Chandigarh: Even after 306 years of the battle, the date May 14 remembered in the Sikh history as Banda Singh Bhadur took control of Sirhind after the victory cry against the Mugals. Baba Banda Singh with his ill-equipped Sikh army fought against the cannons and cannons and cavalry of Mugals. After subjugating Sonepat, Samana, Shahbad, Mustafabad, Kapuri and Banur- Banda led his troops to take on Wazir Khan, who also came out of Sirhind to confront the Khalsa army.
The battle between two armies at Chapar Chiri located at Kharar began on May 12, 1710 and two days after Wazir Khan fell to the sword of Fateh Singh. Sirhind was not an easy target to capture for Banda as the Khalsa army was having the swords, spear and small arms. It was the seat of the provincial capital and Nawab, Wazir Khan was one of the pillars of the Mughal Empire with a huge army under his command. He had been in power for many years and had accumulated considerable wealth and position. Khan made extensive arrangements to meet the challenge of Sikhs under Banda. He proclaimed a “Jihad” – a religious war against the Sikhs, the accursed infidels or Kafirs.
Both the armies had prepared for the battle in full swing and flexed their muscles to face a heavy battle heat. However, Wazir khan collected his noted faujdars, zamindars and sardars. He had a large number of elephants, mounted gunnery, archers, lancers and swordsmen. On the other side, Banda had no artillery, no elephants and not even sufficient supply of good horses. He and his soldiers only possessed long spears, arrows and swords. Encouraged by the advent of their leader on the battlefield, the Singh’s fell in a compact body upon the Muhammadans.
The onslaught was so penetrating that it became difficult for the enemy to stand it. Khazan Singh holds that when the battle was raging, a strong storm set in and with that the Singhs rushed at the enemy with drawn swords and put them to flight. “Money and baggage, horses, elephants, fell” says Khafi Khan, “into the hands of the infidels (Singhs) and not a man of the army of Islam escaped with more than his life and the clothes he stood in.
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