Zafarnama – Epistle of Victory by Guru Gobind Singh

Published on Nov 26, 2013

Bibi Gurdev Kaur OBE recites “Zafarnama” in Raag Hindol.

Of the 111 verses, the maximum numbers of 34 verses are to praise God; 32 deal with Aurangzebs invitation for the Guru to meet him and the Guru’s refusal to meet the Emperor – instead the Guru asks Aurangzeb to visit him; 24 verses detail the events in the Battle of Chamkaur, which took place on 22 December 1704; 15 verses reprove Aurangzeb for breaking promise given by him and by his agents to the Guru; In verses 78 and 79, Guru Ji had also warned Aurangzeb about the resolve of the Khalsa not to rest till his evil empire is destroyed and 6 verses praise Aurangzeb.



Epistle of victory, a letter written to Emperor Aurangzeb and includes Hikaaitaan in 1705 AD.

In this letter, Guru Gobind Singh reminds Aurangzeb how he and his henchmen had broken their oaths sworn upon the Quran. He also states that in spite of his several sufferings, he had won a moral victory over the Emperor who had broken all his vows. Despite sending a huge army to capture or kill the Guru, the Mughal forces did not succeed in their mission.

In the 111 verses of this notice, Guru Gobind Singh rebukes Aurangzeb for his weaknesses as a human being and for excesses as a leader. Guru Ji also confirms his confidence and his unflinching faith in the Almighty even after suffering extreme personal loss of his father, mother, and all four of his sons to Aurangzeb.

Extracted from

Sri Dasam Granth Sahib
Facts Beyond Doubt