Shaheed Ganj Baba Sukkha Singh

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Shaheed Ganj Baba Sukkha Singh, half a kilometre north of the main Gurdwara, is a memorial to the Sikh commander, Sukkha Singh, who fell a martyr here in the battle against Zain Khan, the faujdar of Sirhind, in 1764 just two years after the "Wada Ghallughara"-- the great massacre of Sikhs which had given Ahmad Shah Durrani (who called the Sikhs 'dogs' and kafirs-unbelievers) the thought that he had broken the back of the Sikhs so severely that the Sikh 'spirit' would never recover.

But as Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher says, "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger", for the Khalsa took the view that the battle had - like iron or steel is only purified by great heat, only further purified the Khalsa.

And so it was that only one year later they conquered Lahore and struck their own coins in the name of their Gurus. The Inscription on the coins was the same as that used by Banda Singh Bahadur:

Deg O Teg O Nusrat bedrang - Yaft as Nanak Guru Gobind Singh.
The kettle and the sword have been obtained from Guru Nanak (and) Gobind Singh.
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After his defeat at the hands of the Khalsa Abdali left the Punjab never to return and died in 1769.