The small village of Badkhalsa has its name inscribed in the Sikh history in golden letters. The supreme sacrifice of an ancestor from here, Bhai Kushal, a follower of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bhadur, is something that this village will always be proud of. Bhai Kushal Singh of this village offered his head to fool the Mughals, who wanted to retrieve the head of the guru being taken to Anandpur Sahib by one of followers.
Each year, Badkhalsa, which was then known as Garhi, holds an annual memorial to remember Bhai Kushal, their ancestor, who ordered his son Bahadur to behead him. For he resembled Guru Teg Bahadur, he offered himself to be beheaded to befool the Mughal forces, so that the head of the guru could be taken to Anandpur Sahib for cremation. Villagers often organise religious functions and ‘nagar kirtans’ in the memory of the guru and Bhai Kushal.
Ram Chander Dahiya and Rajesh Dahiya, Badkhalsa residents, told The Tribune that after the selfless sacrifice of Bhai Kushal, Garhi was renamed Kushal Garhi and then it was named Badkhalsa. “There is no record of the direct lineage of Bhai Kushal, therefore the entire village considers itself a direct descendant of the martyr,” they said.
The Haryana Government has constructed a memorial in the name of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur in an area of around two acres on the GT Road.
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