In those days only kings and their relatives were allowed to play the game of hunting. For this purpose many forests were reserved for them. But Guru Hargobind Sahib was encouraging and inspiring his sikhs to play the game of hunting. He wanted to make them brave and undaunted warriors.
One day when the sikhs were wandering in the forest in search of prey they reached the plave where the memebers of the royal family were also playing the game of hunting. One hawk of the royal party fell into the hands of sikhs. When the royal party asked the sikhs to return their hawk, the sikhs refused. At this the members of royal party said, ” we will inform about this to the Governor of Lahore and you will have to face the consequences.” But the sikhs replied, “We are not afraid of anybody, you can do whatever you like.”
The royal hunters complained about this to Kuleej Khan, the Governor of Lahore. They told him, “if today they can dare to snatch a Hawk, tommorrow they will try to grab the Royal Crown.” Hearing this kuleej Khan Lost his temper and appointed mukhlis Khan the Commander of an army consisting of more than seven thousand heads. He asked him to attack the sikhs and to annihilate them completely. When Guru Hargobind Sahib heard about this, He asked his sikhs to make preparations to face the enemy. The marriage of bibi Viro, the Daughter of Guru Hargobind sahib had been already fixed, which was only two days after. So the Guru Shifted the venue of marriage to Jhabal and sent Granth Sahib and his Family to Jhabal.
First Battle was fought at Pipli Sahib. The Army of the common people faced the royal army. This was such a battle that on one side was a well equipped army of the Mughals and on the other side were common folk. But these common People fought so bravely that royal army was forced to retreat. Then the Guru ordered his army to enter the forth of Lohgarh. The gate was closed. When Mukhlis Khan found that the sikhs had hidden themselves in the fort he Beseized the fort.
But as the sun had set, so they were forced to camp outside. When the sikhs found that mughal army was resting outside without any fear, the took the stone gun and threw showers of stones on the enemy. The royal army was perplexed to see such an attack of stones. A large number of soldiers were hurt seriously and the rest ran away to safe places.
When next day the Mughal Army again came to attack the fort, the stone gun was again put into action. Mughals could not resist it, they again ran back. Mukhlis Khan Cried,” Beware take Heart, you are afraid of this bunch of faqirs. You are mughals, the rulers of this country, Come back and kill these cowards.” Then Painde khan took the command of the sikh army and opened the gate. The sikhs came out and fell upon the Mughal Army like Lions. Painde khan was crushing and killing the mughals in such a way as if they were sheep and goats. Then Painde Khan Challenged Didar Ali a close associate of Mukhlis Khan but he could not even bear his first blow. He was killed there and then.
Seeing this Mukhlis Khan became very furious. He rushed Towards the Guru. The Guru shot an arrow and killed the horse of Mukhlis Khan. Then Mukhlis khan asked the Guru to leave his horse and fight a duel with him. The Guru Left his horse and asked Mukhlis Khan to strike the Blow first. Mukhlis Khan attacked with great power but the Guru stopped his blow on his shield. Then Guru Fell Upon Mukhlis Khan and in the twinkling of an eye he killed him with one blow. When Mughal army saw the Mukhlis Khan had been killed, they ran away. The Guru asked his sikhs not to chase the Running away.