Bhai Mati Dass Museum
Information Bhai Mati Dass Museum
This tiny museum tucked into a corner on Chandni Chowk is made up entirely of paintings of the Sikh gurus, telling stories from their life and that of their followers. The museum is named after one of the disciples of Guru Teg Bahadur who was killed at Chandni Chowk in 1675.
The story goes that the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb was forcing a group of Kashmiri Pandits to convert to Islam and approached the Guru for help. The Guru said that if the emperor could convert him, everyone else would convert; otherwise the emperor would have to give up his policy of coercion. Guru Teg Bahadur and three of his disciples (Bhai Mati Dass, Bhai Sati Dass and Bhai Dyala) were captured and imprisoned in Delhi. The three Sikhs were tortured in the presence of the guru to scare him into converting to Islam. It is said that Bhai Mati Dass was sawn in half, Bhai Sati Dass wrapped in cotton and set on fire and Bhai Dyala boiled alive. Even after witnessing the torture and death of his followers, Guru Teg Bahadur refused to convert to Islam. As a result, he was beheaded.
The museum is located just outside the Chandni Chowk metro station opposite the golden domed Gurdwara (place of assembly and worship for Sikhs). You must remove your shoes and cover your head before you enter.
Entrance free (2020)