The Battle of Anandpur
Uday Singh was appointed to chal-lenge Raja Kesari Chand who was leading
the assault at Anandpur, and who had sworn to defeat Guru Gobind Singh.
|Uday Singh severing the head of Kesri Chand with his spear. The elephant previously badly wounded by Bhai Bachitter Singh, tramples the enemy soldiers.|
Singh, one of the Guru's Five Beloved ones, cut off the mad elephant's trunk.
The elephant hastened towards the fleeing hill army and trampled them, killing
many more before meeting its final demise.
After the fall of their leader, the hill chiefs' allied army, now leaderless, became disor-ganised. The Sikh warriors fell upon them and devastated them in hand to hand combat. In this retreat, Raja Bhup Chand of Handur, a hill chief, was severely wounded by the brave Saheb Singh.
On the following day, Ghumand Chand directed the efforts of his troops against Anandpur, but the Sikhs were fully prepared, and a fierce battle was fought. At the end of the day, Ghumand Chand, who was withdrawing from the battlefield towards his tent, was mortally wounded by a bullet. All the hill chiefs became disheartened and demoralized upon the death of Ghumand Chand. After the massacre of so many of their men, they abandoned much equip-ment and took to their heels in the dead of night. The hill chiefs, who had bragged boastfully that they would defeat and kill Guru Gobind Singh Ji and his Sikhs, had tasted the steel of the Khalsa.
|Uday Singh poising the head of Kesri Chand on his spear, gallops towards the Anandpur Fort to get the blessing of Guru Gobind Singh Ji|