When murtaja Khan, nawab of lahore, noticed that Guru had constructed a fort at Amritsar and was also strengthening his army he informed about it to king jahangir. He also emphasized that he was making preparations to take revenge for his father’s Assasination. When Jahangir came to know about this he at once sent wazir khan and guncha beg to amritsar in order to arrest Guru Hargobind sahib. But Wazir Khan who was a well wisher of the sikh Gurus requested the Guru to accompany them to delhi as king jahangir wanted to meet him. The Guru accepted the invitation and reached Delhi.
On their first meeting when Jahangir saw the Guru, he was completely won over by his youthful charm and holiness. King decided to befriend the Guru. So he gave royal welcome to the Guru. But Chandu Shah could not bear it. His Daughter was still unmarried and thus the rotter sore was still bleeding. At Agra, the king seriously fell ill. The physicians tried their best but they failed to care him. then Chandu Shah conspired with the astrologers, who were asked to tell the king that man goes to Gwalior fort to offer prayers to the deity. He also Poointed out that Guru Hargobind was such a holy man and he should be asked to go to the Gwalior Fort. At kings’ request the Guru Readily agreed and left for the Gwalior Fort.
In the fort the Guru met many princes who were detained there due to political reason. They were leading a very deplorable life. With the help of Hari Dass, the governor of Fort, The Guru improved their condition. Hari Dass was a sikh of Guru Nanak and he became ardent devotee of Guru Hargobind. Once When Chandu wrote to hari dass to poison the guru, he at once placed that letter before the Guru.
When several months passed and the Guru was not released then Baba Buddha and other devotees met the Guru. They informed him about the despicable condition of the sikhs, who were waiting for him with greate eagerness. The Guru Assured them that hey should not worry, he would join them soon. Guru Knew everything what is going to happen next .
In the meantime sai Mian mir met jahangir and asked him to release the Guru. Jahangir , who had fully recovered, ordered wazir khan to bring Guru Hargobind in his court with great honour. Wazir Khan reached Gwalior Fort and informed hari dass about the message of the king. But the Guru declined to leave the fort unless princes confined in the fort were also released. When wazir Khan informed king about the desire of the Guru, the king agreed but puts a condition that he can liberate as many princes who could hold his behind cloak, Guru ji Accepted the condition and Asked his sikh to make 52 m long behind cloak suit for him. The fifty Two princes who had been detained due to political reasons or for committing default, were pining in fort for years. So this way Guru Left the fort with all fifty two princes. As the Guru Liberated the fifty two princes so he is known as bandichhod(Liberator). note: on this same day hindus used to celeberate diwali but as Guru ji liberated prisoners on this day so sikhs celeberate this as bandichhod diwas and crackers are fired till this day every year on same day at Amritsar and Sikhs Celeberate this occassion very delightfully.
A Guruduwara known as bandichhod is built at the place where Guru stayed during his detention. Jahangir advised wazir Khan to bring Guru Hargobind in his court at delhi with Great honour. Jahangir realized that he had killed an innocent pious man Guru Arjan Dev without any offence. He wanted to exonerate himself by indicting this crime on chandu Shah and other officers. So in order to show his innocence he wanted to meet Guru Hargobind.
(Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji – the Liberator)