18th Century Independent States


Detaied Map of Shikhs Empier

Shikhs Empier

Detaied Map of Shikhs Empier

Guru Nanak: (1469-1538)

  • He was born in 1469 in Talwandi in Nankana Khattri family.

  • Guru Nanak mastered Persian.

  • He is called the founder of Sikhism. He believed in the Nirguna form of divine.

  • The hymns of Guru Nanak are preserved in the Adi Granth .

  • Nanak is also said to have visited Ceylon and converted the Raja of mat place to his faith.

  • He composed a book called Pran Sangli in Ceylon.

  • He founded the town of Kiratpur (in Jalandhar dist.).

  • He died in Kartarpur Punjab in 1538.

GuruAngad: (1538-1552)

  • He was born in 1504, in the village of Khadur, on the banks of river Beas. near Govindwal, in Tirhun subdi-vision of the Chhatijs.

  • He gained his livelihood by the work of his own hands, twisting yarn, or coarse twine madeofmunj.

  • He is known as Lehna as well.

  • He is the founder of Gurumukhi script.

  • He started compiling Guru Nanak's hvmns.

Guru Amardas: (1552-1574)

  • He disapproved Sari.

  • He built at Gowindwal. a Baoli or large oblong tank

  • He sent 22 of his chosen disciples to visit different parts of the country and spread the religion of Nanak

  • by preaching and discussions with the people.

  • He divided the empire into 24 Manjis or Parishads.

  • Langar started by Guru Nanak was popularised by him.

  • He died in Gowindwal on 14th May, 1574.

Guru Ramdas: (1574-1581)

  • A tank was dug at the site given to his wife by the Mughal emperor Akbar

  • He laid the foundation of Arnritsar, in the midst of which he built a temple called Harmandar or the Mandir of Had.

  • He died in March, 1581.

GuruArjun: (1581-1606)

  • He was die youngest child of Ramdas and ascended the Masnad of Guruship in 1581.

  • He was tile first of the Gurus who laid aside the rosary and the garb of faqir and dressed himself in a costly attire and converted the Saintly gaddi of his predecessors into a Princely rostrum.

  • In 1604, he compiled Granth Sahib (Nanak, Kabir, Namdev, Ganjshankar).

  • He was the author of Sukhmaru.

  • He completed the construction of a grand tank near Arnritsar and built another in the same place called Kaulsar. He also built the celebrated tank of Taran Taran in Arnritsar district.

  • He was arrested on 30th May, 1606, on the charges of treason and was executed by Jahan pir for helping his rebellious son Khusrau.

  • This turned the history of Sikhs and the history of self defense started with this.

Guru Hargovind: (1606-1644)

  • He defeated Mughal army in Sangram in 1628.

  • After the death of Jahangir, he entered the service of Shah- Jahan and be- friended his eldest son Darashikoh, the then Governor of Punjab. Later on when he had an encounter with imperial army, Dara Shikoh used his influence please his father Shah Tahan to call back the army.

  • In 1634, he shifted his capital to Kiratpur in Kashmir hill.

  • He built Akaltakht, the throne of Almighty in 1609, in front of Harimandir.

  • He started congregational prayer (Sangat) and Anjuman-i-Shikhan.

  • He started hanging two swords-: Piri and Miri.

  • Lohgarh fort of Arnritsar was built during his time.

  • He died on 3rd March, 1644. His tomb was erected at Kartarpur.

GuruHarRai: (1644-1661)-

Guru Har Kishan: (1661-1664)

  • His succession was preceeded by a violent clash, which was later resolved by the Mughal emperor who recognised him as the Guru.

  • He died on 14th March, 1664, because of smallpox.

Guru Teg Bahadur: (1664-1675)

  • He was the youngest son of Hargovind.

  • He settled at Anandpur.

  • He encouraged brahmins of Kashmir against Aurangzeb.

  • On 11th November,1675, he was beheaded.

Guru Gobind Singh: (1675-1708)

  • He was the son of Teg Bahadur.

  • Started the concept of Panch Pyare.

  • Founded Khalsa in 1669.

  • His sayings are in Vichitra Natak.

  • On 30th March, 1669, he founded Vikram Samvat (1 st Vaishak) in 1756.

  • The 5 K's propounded by him were famous: kangha, kada, kesh, kripan, kac-hchha

  • Guru at Damdam Saheb completed the Adigranth, 1600 hyms were added to the Granth, the added portion being known as the Dasam-granth.

  • It is written in Gurumukhi script.

  • Hikayat and Zafarnama were written by him in Persian

  • In August, 1708, 2 Pathans stabbed him.

  • The verdict on Guru is called Gurumata.

Banda Bahadur (1708-1715):

  • His original name was Lakshmandar, born on 27th October, 1670, near Rajauri.

  • In earlier life, he took sanyas, became an ascetic and assumed the name of Madhav Das.

  • After the killing of 10th Guru, he became active.

  • Banda Bahadur settled in Makhlispur (near sadhaura) and made it his HQ called Lohgarh.

  • Banda Bahadur issued a7 Hukum-Nama to unite the) Sikhs.

  • In 1715, Banda Bahadur attacked Mughals.

  • He was captured by Abdus Samad Khan on 17th December, 1715.

  • He was executed on 9th June,1716.

  • Banda Bahadur introduced a new slogan Fateh Darshan

  • He was most probably the first Sikh, to think of a "political raj".

Kapur Singh:

  • He was the founder of Dal Khalsa.

  • He„ removed hereditary Zamindars

Ranjit Singh (1780-1839):

  • He was born in 13th November 1780.

  • About this time Punjab was frequently invaded by the Durrani King Shah Zaman, grandson of Ahmad Shah Abdali.

  • Zaman had appeared as a threat to the British and the British were compelled to establish. good relations with Ranjit Singh.

  • By 1797, Ranjit Singh be- came the de facto and his power gradually increased.

Detailed Map of Ranjit Singh Empier

Ranjit Singh Empier

Detailed Map of Ranjit Singh Empier

  • In 1798, he was appointed as the Governor of Qabul by Zaman Shah.

  • By 1799, Ranjit Singh captured Lahore.

  • In 1801, he formally assumed the title of Maharaja and held a public Darbar on the occassion.

  • He re-established the old Mohalladari system under which each Mohalla was placed under the charge of one of its members, possessing more influence than the rest.

  • In 1803, he captured Amritsar.

  • In 1805, British government during the second Anglo-Maratha war tried to establish friendly relations with RanjitjSjngh.

  • In 1806, he signed friendship treaty with British. Accordingly:

    1. the Sikhs were not to enter into an alliance with any anti-Britishpower;

    2. the British got the opportunity to expand southwards;

    3. now, for them Sutlej was a better area of defence than Jamuna (therefore in order to expand in the CIS- Sutlej area, Ranjit Singh would have to conquer all misls. This would coincide with Zaman Shah's border.);

    4. according to the treaty with Scindias (1785), the misls; were accepted as the sphere of influence of Scindia. Marathas signed the treaty of Bassein, the areas passed to the British. When British approached Ranjit Singh, he thought that these territories would be given to him. Therefore, he agreed to sign the treaty.

  • In 1809, the British entered into a treaty with Ranjit r Singh, which is known as Treaty of Amritsar. Clauses: *Ranjit Singh's leadership of 45 parganas was recognised by the British.

  • *Sutlej was recognised as his boundary.

  • On 26th June,1838, a tripartite agreement between EIC, Shah Shuja and Ranjit Singh was signed, to let pass the troops of British through Lahore.

  • Ranjit Singh died on 27th June 1839.


  • He adopted the Batai system and later the Kankut system.

  • Kardar was the most important revenue official

  • Fauj-i-Khas was established as a model troop.

  • His army was trained by French experts, like Allard and Ventura.

  • Victor Jacque Mont was the French traveller visited his court.

I. Anglo-Sikh war (1845-46):

  • On 28th Jan.,1846„sikhs were-defeated near Aliwal.

  • The treaty of Lahore was signed on 9th March, 1846.

II. Anglo-Sikh war (1848-49):

  • Lord Dalhausie annexed P-Unjab.