Shastar Naam Mala
Literally translating to 'string of weapons', this is a comprehensive
list of weapons used in battle and covers 1318 verses. Many names
of weapons are given in addition to references of great warriors
(historical and mythological) who wealded them. Many weapons that
were in their infancy at the time of the Guru, such as cannons and
rifles, are also mentioned. For more information on Shastar Vidiya
(the traditional battlefield combat martial arts of the Akali Nihang
Singh Khalsa please visit www.shastarvidiya.org).
Sach Khand Hazoor Sahib
A photograph of weapons laid out before Adi Guru Durbar
Worthy of Worship
A huge variety of weapons laid out before the sacred
scriptures signifying the respect given to all weapons (known as
This is the largest (7555 verses) of all sections within the Dasam
Guru Durbar. It is also the most controversial of all sections as
modern mainstream Sikhs do not accept this as being authentic and
believe it to be the work of authors other than Akali Nihang Guru
Gobind Singh ji. Literally translated, Charitropakhyan means 'wiles
of women'. Roles of women (both good and bad) are highlighted in
404 chapters within this section.
Akali Nihang Guru Gobind Singh ji narrates 404 stories
of the wiles of men and women within Dasam Guru Durbar
The Charitropakhyaan (also known as Treh
Charittar) begin by praising Devi Bhagwati followed by tales of
women taken from many texts, including, Mahabharat, Puraans, Brihaat
Katha, Ayaareh Dayiash, Katha Sahityah Sagar, various Folk tales
from around India and some that took place during Guru Gobind Singh
ji's lifetime (eg, such as those describing the tales of Anoop Kaur).
The tales are very narrative, informative,
and reveal the depth (both good and bad) of the female psyche. A
lesson in morality and rules of conduct are also given to the Kyshatriya
(warrior). Also see the section on 'Treh
Written by Akali Nihang Guru Gobind Singh at Kangad (a village in
Malwa) to the Emperor Aurangzeb, the composition covers 111 verses.
Bhai Mani Singh and Bhai Daya Singh together gave this letter to
the Emperor by hand. As was the custom, the Guru praises the Almighty
and then proceeds to question the morality of the Emperor who ordered
the slaying of the Guru's army and children under false pretence.
The composition is an example of a Shaastradhari (using wisdom to
combat tyranny) method of combating Adharam (unrighteousness). As
the Emperor read this he was overcome with guilt and sought to make
ammends with the Sikh Guru, but before this could happen, he passed
An old painting depicting the infamous Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb
Comprising some 757 verses, there are 11 pieces of advice given
to the warriors of the Khalsa by Akali Nihang Guru Gobind Singh.
Written as if to address a mass congregation, they invoke teachings
from folk tales and infuse the soul with courage and conviction.
Epic tales of love such as Heer-Ranja, Sohni-Mahiwal, Sassi-Pannu,
Draupadi are retold by the great Sanatan Sikh Guru within Dasam