Khandaa

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Khandaa (खांडा) is a very big village in Sonipat district of Haryana. Nearby village is Sehri so it is often called as Sehri - Khandaa. It is 2 miles away from Kharkhoda.

Village Social Structure

  • This villages contains 10 Chaupals for all castes.
  • There are main temples named as following :
  • 1. Dada Kishordas
  • 2. Dada Sondas
  • 3. Dada Godha Wala
  • 4. Jai Ram Ashram
  • 5. Baniya Wala Mandir
  • 6. Brahmin Wala Mandir
  • 7. Sheetla Mata Mandir
  • 8. Narayan Ashram

Population

The Khandaa village has population of 9029 of which 4897 are males while 4132 are females as per Population Census 2011. [1]


History

The Bravery and sacrifice of Veer Banda Bairagi is well known to the people of India. The very brave man of India fought against the foreign aggression and happily sacrificed his life in June, 1716. This brave son of Bharat Mata was born on Oct, 16, 1670. After getting blessings of Guru Gobind Singh in 1708, he came to the Khandaa village in Feb, 1709 and stayed for some time for creation of his army and planning of war against Mogul.

It has been written in many history books that Khandaa village was the first headquarter of Banda Bahadur in 1709. Some of the history books read as under:-


  • (i) In 1709-10, Banda Bahadur a disciple of Guru Gobind Singh, in an effort to continue the fight against the oppression, collected an army of Sikhs and occupied the whole of the country, west of the Yamuna. He laid waste the whole neighbourhood of Karnal, where he killed the faujdar. He was repulsed by Bahadur Shah about 19 kilometres north-east of Sadhaura. Banda Bahadur set-up his headquarters at Khandaa, Sonipat district. He also trampled under his feet the paraganas of Mustafabad, Ambala and Sadhaura.

Source: Haryana State Gazetteer, Volume-I.

  • (ii) While on his way to Punjab, Banda Bairagi broke his journey at Khandaa, a Jat Village of Dahiya Gotra, 20 miles west of Delhi. From there he dispatched letters to all the Jathedars of the Panth to concentrate forthwith. He planned to attack and loot the Royal treasury by and by the Sikhs started arriving and the strength of the force rose to 1400$. He attached Samana, overran, Sadhora, Kunjpura etc and finally overpowered and killed the Ruler of Sirhind named Wazirkhan.

Source: History of the Jats/Chapter XI, The Book by Ram Swarup Joon, 1938,1967 (Eng Tr).


  • (iii) After making successful raids into several territories en route, Banda Singh Bahadur moved into the parganah of Kharkhoda and established himself near the village of Khandaa. 13 From here, Banada Singh dispatched the Guru’s letters to the Sikhs of the Malwa, Doaba and Majha areas of the Punjab, calling upon them to join him in the laudable object of uprooting the tyrannous rule of the intolerant Mughals.

Banda Bahadur’s companions from Nanded also wrote a number of letters to the leading Sikhs all over the country telling them that Banda Singh had been appointed by the Guru as jathedar of the Khalsa and called upon every Sikh to fall in under his banner to punish Wazir Khan of Sirhind who had so cruelly butchered the two sons of the Guru. The letters containing this sentimental appeal had the desired effect on the minds of the Sikhs who were already waiting for an appropriate opportunity to agitate against the State atrocities.

Source: Banda Singh Bahadur by Dr.M S Alhuwalia.


  • (iv) Thus raised to the position of the commander of the Khalsa, Banda Singh proceeded to the north, On approaching Khandaa, he dispatched Guru Gobind Singh’s Hukamnamas to the leading Sikhs in the Punjab. He called upon them to join him. He told them that he had come to punish Wazir Khan and his assistant Sucha Nand for having killed The Guru’s younger sons. He added that he would also punish the hill-rajas who had ill-treated the Guru.

Source from Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, search Sikhisam,www.seachsikhisam.com.

  • (v) Banda Singh proceeded further and put up his next camp at the village Khandaa. While coming here, he sent written messages to Punjab addressing these epistles to the prominent Singh by names. Sri Gur Panth Prakash, Institute of Sikh Study, Chandigarh Vol.1, P.211 Further, khushwant Singh, in his book-A History of Sikhs, volume I P.104, has also confirmed that Khandaa village was the Headquarter of Baba Banda Bairagi.


  • (2) It is clearly evident from the history books quoted above that the Khanda village has been the host a great warrior and great son of Bharat Mata. In fact, this village was the first place where Banda Bahadur stayed after entering into Punjab. When Banda Bairagi came to this village in Feb, 1709, the present Punjab was not even aware of his name. It is the place from where he dispatched Guru Gobind Singh’s Hukamnamas to the follower of Guruji in Punjab and called them to join him.
  • (3) It is also supported by the Historical evidence that Banda Bahadur created his first Army in this village and hundreds of farmers from this village and other villages of Rohtak and Sonipat Districts joined his army. The farmers of this area participated in the war under the leadership of Banda Bairagi and sacrificed their life for the mother land.

Govt. of Haryana developed Banda Singh Bahadur Memorial and acquired 50 acres of land for Haryana's first Armed Forces Preparatory Institute in Khanda.


Jat Gotras

Main gotra is Dahiya.

Notable persons

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