Overview for Zafarnamah: Epistle of Victory
The letter 'Epistle of Victory' was addressed by the Tenth Master - Sri Guru Gobind Singh in reply to a letter from Aurangzeb requesting the Guru to meet him in the Deccan. The Guru had turned down the Emperor's request but invited Aurangzeb to meet the Guru at Dina (Kangar) village and the Guru would guarantee his safety. This letter was taken by Bhai Daya Singh and Bhai Dharam Singh and delivered this letter to Aurangzeb at Ahmed Nagar which impressed him greatly. The reply was given back to Bhai Daya Singh and Bhai Dharam Singh and the Governors of the North were directed to stop all oppression against the Guru and he should be free to move around. This letter was written in Sumat 1762 Magh/Phalgan (Jan/Feb. 1705). The Guru then reached Talwandi Sabo (Damdama Sahib and the enmity of Mughals had come to an end. But Aurangzeb died in 1707, so the meeting could not take place. Guru Gobind Singh ji had gone to the South (Nauded) in 1707, after the death of Aurangzeb. Then the Guru stayed at Nanded till 1708, when he breathed his last there.
Gurcharan Singh Makin (Translator)
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