It is said that in order to test the Bairagi’s mettle, the Guru deliberatly provoked him by having two of Madhu’s goats slaughtered and cooked.

This naturally put Madho Das beside himself with anger, as he returned to his hermitage and found trespassers and the sacrillege (Madhu was a lifelong vegitarian. His goats were both companions and providers of milk), and he at once attempted to better the Guru and bring him to his knees, but finding he could not mentally overpower the Guru, he took little time to realise and acknowledge the spiritual superiority of the Guru, at whose feet he at once surrendered.

After this their first words to each other have been related thus:
Guru ji, “Who are you?”
Madho Das, “I am a banda (a man, also a slave)”
The Guru, “Whose Banda?”
Madho Das, “Yours my Lord”

The guru blessed him and raised him to his feet. He later administered Khande di pahul to Madho Das and renamed him Banda Singh (Gurbakhsh Singh–according to some sources), but the name Banda stuck and he is most remembered by his popular name–Banda Bahadur or Banda Singh Bahadur. During the next four weeks, the Guru instructed him in the essentials of Sikh faith, assessed his potential as a leader and briefed him about his impending mission.

A few days before the attack on Guruji, Banda Singh was on his way to Punjab accompanied by five Singhs whose counsel, the Guru commanded he was to heed, although he would be the supreme commander in the impending campaign. Gurdwara Banda Ghat for short, was housed in a single square room with a covered circumambulatory passage around its exterior. Recently Gurdwara has been reconstructed and modified.

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