Sahibzada Zorawar Singh was the third of Guru Gobind Singh’s four sons.
He was born at Anandpur Sahib, Ropar, Punjab on 28 November 1696.
His mother’s name was Mata Jito (known as Mata Sundari).
He and his younger brother, Sahibzada Fateh Singh are youngest martyrs in Sikh History.
He was barely nine years old at the time of the evacuation of Anandpur Sahib on the night of 21-22 December 1705.
Mata Gujri, his grandmother was especially attached to young Zorawar Singh and his infant brother, Fateh Singh. She took charge them as the column moved out of Anandpur.
While crossing on horseback the rivulet Sirsa, then in spate, the three were separated from Guru Gobind Singh. Their cook, Gangu, who had also succeeded in crossing the stream, escorted them to his own house in the village of Kheri, now known as Saheri, near Morinda in present day Ropar district.
Bribed by the Mughals, Gangu handed over Baba Zorawar Singh, along with Baba Fateh Singh and their grandmother to Jani Khan and Mani Khan Ranghar, the officials at Morinda on the morning of 21 December 1705 (the day of the fateful battle of Chamkaur).
On 23 December 1705, Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh were produced in the court of Wazir Khan, the Nawab of Sirhind. They were lured to embrace Islam with promises of riches and honors, but, they turned down the proposal. He threatened them with death sentence, but the young Sahibzadas remained firm on their decision. Wazir Khan sentenced them to be bricked alive.
Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh were bricked alive December 26, 1705.
As the news reached Mata Gujri, who had been kept in the Cold Tower, she felt proud that her grandsons had lived up to her expectations and she left for heavenly abode.
Seth Todar Mall, a wealthy merchant of Sirhind, performed the cremation of the three dead bodies the following day. The site of the fateful happenings, since christened Fatehgarh Sahib, close to the old town of Sirhind, is now marked by the following Sikh shrines:
Gurdwara Thanda Burj
Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib
Gurdwara Jyoti Swaroop
Gurdwara Bibangarh Sahib
Gurdwara Moti Ram Mehra
After Guru Gobind’s death, Madhoda
s Bairagi, a hermit from Nanded, whom the Guru baptized as Gurbaksh Singh, commonly known as Banda Singh Bahadur, besieged Punjab. After capturing the cities of Samana and Sandhaura, he moved towards Sirhind, defeated the Mughal forces and killed Wazir Khan.
A religious fair is held here from 25 to 28 December every year to honor the memory of the martyrs. .