Chandu Shah was Diwan Minister in the Mughal Court. Originally he was a punjabi and belonged to kalanaur in district Gurdaspur. He had a Daughter for whom he was looking for a suitable Punjabi Groom. He sent two pandits as emissaries to find out a suitable groom for his daughter. pandits went all over the punjab,but could not find an adequate match for his daughter.
When they were on their way back to delhi, they happened to visit amritsar. they were very Impressed to see such a beautiful city. They learnt that administrator of the city was Guru Arjan dev ji, Who had ben preaching the divine knowledge to the people. He had thousand followers and sikhs from all over india were coming daily to pay him homage. They were also offering him very precious gifts. Pandits were greatly motivated to have a glimpse of such a godly man. so they attended the darbar of Guru Arjan Dev Ji. they heard the sermons with greate interest. But when they saw handsome son of Guru Ji beside him, they were captivated, enthralled and benumbed. they had never seen such a handsome and smart boy. Whey they asked about Guru Hargobind sahib from the sikhs, they told them that he was the only son of his father. After the completion of the devotional songs, they met Guru Arjan Dev ji and requested him that hey want to meet him alone. The Guru had no objection and he allowed. Meeting the guru they Said, “Chandu Shah who originally belogns to kalanaur is a very gentle and noble man. He is a diwan in the court of the mughals. He has a very beautiful, elegant and accomplished daughter. We had come here as his emissaries in order to find a suitable match for her. We have seen your Son Hargobind. He is really most suitable groom for her. if yoiu agree we will be very pleased to inform chandu shah.” The Guru Agreed.
Managing consent of the guru, they hurried back to delhi to inform chandu shah. But chandu Shah was considering himself one of the richest men in delhi. when the emissaries told him about the personality of the Guru hardobind and the grandeur of his father he smiled and said, “after all he lives on the offerings of his devotees, he has no political power. A brick baked for a palace cannote be used for a sewer.” Chandu shah wife objected for his such mean and worthless remarks. She said, “Hargobind is an excellent match for their daughter. you should send the Pandits to finalize the proposal without any delay.”
The remarks of Chandu shah leaked and when the sikhs of delhi came to know of it, they conveyed those to the Guru and also requested him not to accept the proposal of a such a conceited man. Chandu Shah sent pandits to Amritsar. but the Guru who had been made aware of the Chandu remarks, declined to accept the proposal. He said, “as i had already told you that the daughter of a rich man like Chandu Shah will not be able to adjust in the house of Faqir. So I do not accept the proposal. You should select a suitable house for her and from my side consider this matter dropped for ever.” When Pandits informed the chandu shah about it and returned him the proposal gifts, he lost his temper and vowed to avenge himself on the guru for the insult hurled on him. As long as king akbar was alive, Chandu was unable to do any harm to the Guru. But after his death jahangir Became the king of india. Jahangir’s son khusro revolted against him, But could not face his forces and ran towards kabul. ON the way he met Guru arjan dev ji at Taran taran.
Jahangir was agains guru Arjan Dev ji since a long time even when he had not become the king of India. he could not bear the popularity of the Guru. He determined to kill him. But he could not find the appropriate reason. But when he was informed by Murtaza Khan that he had met prince khusro he got the apparent evidence to eliminate him. When he was going to kashmir, he summoned Guru Arjan dev ji to meet him at lahore.
When the Guru Received the message of the king, He called his son hargobind and installed him as the sixth guru. Then the Guru took leave of the sikhs and left for lahore. The King asked the Guru to revise the holy Granth and to add in it some hymns in praise of Mohammad. The Guru Said,”the holy Granth is a revealation in praise of God, no one can alter it. ” Then he asked the Guru to embrace islam. But the Guru Said, ” it is better to die than to change religion.”
As he did not bow before the damands of Jahangir, The Qazi Gave an injunction ordering the Guru to be Tortured to death. Chandu Shah met Murtaza Khan, the Governor of Lahore and requested that the Guru should be handed over to him to torture him to death. King Jahangir had already left for kashmir, Murtaza Khan Had no Objection in handing over him the Guru.
Next Day Chandu started his process of torturing. he was first asked to sit on a burning sand, then he was asked to sit on a red hot iron sheet. There they poured burning hot sand on his body. He was also asked to sit in a boiling water, as the process of torturing was on Sain Mian Mir, the Muslim saint of Lahore, came and requested Guru to allow him to use his miracle power to overthrow those who were torturing him.” Hearing this the Guru Said, “We should Accept the will of the God. A leaf does not moe without the order of the God.”
He was tortured for five days. But the Tyrants found that he was bearing al the torments with perfect peace. On the fifth day Guru asked for the bath in the river ravi, He was allowed. When the followers of the Guru ji, heard that the Guru was going to have a bath in the river, they came to have a glimpse of their beloved Guru. When the saw a boiling blisters on this bare body, they began to weep and Cry, But the Gur was saying again and again, “Sweet is your Will, O God!” The Gift of your name i Only Seek” , Reaching the river, he walked into the water. Then he sat in the water and recited japji sahib. At the completion of the salok he bade farewell to the weeping devotees and disappeared. He never came out of the water.
After that people went inside the river to find out the body of the Guru ji but it is believed that Body was never found and had disappeared too.