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Battle of Manipur
Part of Mughal-Sikh Wars
Date1715
LocationGurdaspur, Punjab
Result Was a much needed victory for the Mughal Empire after a ruthless rebellion by Banda.
Belligerents
 Mughal Empire Nishan Sahib.svg Khalsa
Commanders and leaders
Fictional flag of the Mughal Empire.svgAbdus Samad Khan Bahadur
Fictional flag of the Mughal Empire.svgQamar-ud-Din Khan Bahadur
Fictional flag of the Mughal Empire.svgZakariya Khan Bahadur
Fictional flag of the Mughal Empire.svgZain ud-din Ahmad Khan
Fictional flag of the Mughal Empire.svgMuhammad Amin Khan Turani
Banda
Strength
Total 38,000 Total 1000
Casualties and losses
~600 ~2000

Siege of Gurdaspur, was a major victory for the new Mughal Emperor Farrukhsiyar.

Confrontation[]

The Sikh leader Banda refused the advise of his men to escape and was captured along with a few dozen of his men by a force led by experienced Mughal commander Abdus Samad Khan Bahadur the Subedar of Kashmir and his son Zakariya Khan Bahadur including Zain ud-din Ahmad Khan the new Faujdar of Sirhind with 7000 troops, Qamar-ud-Din Khan Bahadur with 20,000 troops, had him surrounded during the Siege of Gurdaspur. Many of the Sikh leaders chose to escape but a few of Banda's followers ferociously resisted and were captured after an 8 month siege by the Mughal Army, the Sikhs surrendered on December 17, 1715.

Aftermath[]

Banda and his followers were then taken to Delhi and executed by the orders of Mughal Emperor Farrukhsiyar in the year 1716, along with a large number of Sikhs who were rounded up by the Mughal army from villages and towns on the March back to Delhi.[1]

Nearly 800 Sikhs many of whom were not involved in the battle were tortured and publicly executed by Zakariya Khan Bahadur over a period of a month. Banda's 5 year old son was also executed by cutting the child's heart out while he was alive in front of the father, who was the last to be killed by being cut to pieces.

See also[]

  • Mughal Empire

References[]

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