Recently, Harsimrat Kaur @HarsimratBadal_ claimed in parliament that Guru Tegh Bahadur protected the religion of Hindus despite of being a Non-Hindu. And Hindus owe a huge favor to others.
In this thread, I will show that Guru Tegh Bahadur was every inch a Hindu!
Let us begin with some contemporary sources.
Guru Tegh Bahadur visited the holy Triveni at Prayaga in 1662 CE.
This visit is documented in contemporary Bhat Vahi records.
Unlike those unpublished "bhat vahis", this one was published by Sikh historian Madanjit Kaur (1978)
This Bhat Vahi was signed by Guru Tegh Bahadur.
The content of the letter is particularly striking.
Guru Tegh Bahadur calls himself a devotee of Naina Devi.
Note. A devotee of Naina Devi. He does not mention Akal Purakh or Waheguru.
In the record, Guru Tegh Bahadur identifies himself as Sodhi Khatri by Varna and Kaushish by gotra.
This is exactly how the followers of orthodox Hinduism identify themselves to this date!
Further, Guru Tegh Bahadur appoints a brahmin purohit named Bhoj Raj.
He orders Sodhis of his line and all his Sikh followers to obey the aforementioned Brahmin Purohit.
This practice of appointing purohits is just what is referred to by some people as "Brahmanical Hinduism"
This evidence, which marks Guru Tegh Bahadur as strikingly Hindu, is also corroborated by other Sikh accounts.
Kavi Santokh Singh's Sri Guru Pratap Suraj Granth preserves a very rare passage which throws light on what Guru Tegh Bahadur uttered in Mughal court.
When the Guru was offered the choice of Islam or dεath in the Mughal court, this is what he said
"I believe my Hindu Dharma to be most superior.
How can I abandon that which is most dear to me?
Which gives so much happiness in this world & that,
Life is nothing before honour."
Further, Guru Tegh Bahadur calls himself the "Guru of Hindus" and not "Guru of Sikhs". He says:
"They imprisoned me, the Guru of Hindus,
Whatever I said, they listened not"
These screenshots are excerpted from the highly acclaimed historical Sikh chronicle Guru Pratap Suraj Granth( written c.1843 CE) and can be accessed online.
Finally, the Guru's own passages preserved in Guru Granth Sahib corroborate that the Guru was every inch a Hindu.
He says- "This is the blessing of Vedas and Puranas, that you may meditate in the name of Hari"
Sources used in the thread:
"A study of the Panda Vahis" by Sikh historian Madanjit Kaur (Indian History Congress 1978).
Suraj Prakash(original) by Kavi Santokh Singh (c.1843 CE)
Guru Granth Sahib (original): Ang 220.