Bibi Harsharan Kaur – The Last Shaheed of Chamkaur Battle
Sikh women are always known to have responded to the call of their duty. They have not allowed hardships and dangers to stand in the way of the performance of their moral obligations. Bibi Harsharan Kaur was one of these women who faced the odds to fulfill her obligations....
Bibi Harsharan Kaur was the brave woman who gathered the bodies of the Chamkaur Sahib Shaheeds and did their Sanksaar.
The battlefield which saw iron smashing against iron, the bellows of elephants, the trotting of hooves and calls of “Kill! Capture!” was now totally silent and enveloped in complete darkness.
*_In such a situation, the 16 year old girl Bibi Harsharan Kaur avoided the hundreds of guards and arrived at the Fort. She saw that bodies were lying everywhere and distinguishing between Sikh and Mughal was very difficult. She still had faith and began to find arms with Karas and torsos with Kachheras and heads with long Kesh. As she found a body, she would wipe the face of every Shaheed*_
Both Sahibzadas and about 30 Shaheeds were found and then she began to collect wood. Fearing the approaching light of dawn, Bibi Harsharan Kaur worked very quickly and soon prepared a pyre. She then lit the fire.
Seeing the rising flames, the guards were shocked and advanced towards the pyre.
*Bibi Harsharan Kaur was seen in the light of the flames sitting beside the pyre. She was quietly reciting Keertan Sohilaa totally absorbed in Gurbani*
The Guards caught on and a encounter started, Bibi jee killed many Mughals and eventually got wounded fatally. The Mughals threw Bibi Jee also on Funeral Pyre burning her alive.
Bibi Harsharan Kaur was a brave Sikh woman who gave her life to fulfill her obligation. She faced odds and did not allow danger to stand in her way. She is well known for responding to the call of her duty ignoring her safety.