Friday, November 24, 2017
Gateway to Sikhism

Banta Singh
A Ghadr Revolutionary (1890-1915)

Was born the son of Buta Singh in 1890 at Sangval, in Jalandhar district of the Punjab. He passed his matriculation examination from the local D.A.V. High School and left for abroad, first travelling to China and then onwards to America.

In 1914, he returned home from America fired with revolutionary fervour. He established a school and a panclhayat in his village and undertook a tour of the district distributing Ghadr literature among the people and exhorting them to join in the rising to expel the British
from India and engage in sabotage, tampering with railway lines and cutting telephone wires.

As he once went to Lahore to procure firearms, he was detected by two policemen who tried to catch him, but he escaped. He attended a meeting of a Ghadr group on 2 May 1915 when it was planned to attack the magazine at Kapurthala to seize firearms.

Two groups were organized to attack the guard posted at the Valla bridge, near Mananvali railway station in Amritsar district, one of which was to be led by Banta Singh. He attacked the guard on the night of 11-12 June 1915 and captured six service rifles and 200 cartridges.

The government announced a prize of two squares of land and two-thousand rupees in cash for anyone catching him. Lured by this, Banta Singh's close relative, Partap Singh of the village of Jaura in Hoshiarpur district, had him arrested on 25 June 1915.

He was tried in the Central Jail, Lahore, under martial law along with four others in the Valla railway bridge case, and was sentenced to death. He was hanged on 12 August 1915.

Source: TheSikhEncyclopedia.Com will strive to be most comprehensive directory of Historical Gurudwaras and Non Historical Gurudwaras around the world.

The etymology of the term 'gurdwara' is from the words 'Gur (ਗੁਰ)' (a reference to the Sikh Gurus) and 'Dwara (ਦੁਆਰਾ)' (gateway in Gurmukhi), together meaning 'the gateway through which the Guru could be reached'. Thereafter, all Sikh places of worship came to be known as gurdwaras. brings to you a unique and comprehensive approach to explore and experience the word of God. It has the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Amrit Kirtan Gutka, Bhai Gurdaas Vaaran, Sri Dasam Granth Sahib and Kabit Bhai Gurdas . You can explore these scriptures page by page, by chapter index or search for a keyword. The Reference section includes Mahankosh, Guru Granth Kosh,and exegesis like Faridkot Teeka, Guru Granth Darpan and lot more.
Encyclopedias encapsulate accurate information in a given area of knowledge and have indispensable in an age which the volume and rapidity of social change are making inaccessible much that outside one's immediate domain of concentration.At the time when Sikhism is attracting world wide notice, an online reference work embracing all essential facets of this vibrant faithis a singular contribution to the world of knowledge.