“On the special occasion of Queen Elizabeth’s death, let me tell you a little about my Aunt’s Great Grandfather, Amar Shaheed Bandhu Singh Shrinet. Belonging to a wealthy Zamindar family of Chauri Chaura, Bandhu Singh ji used to kidnap British officers and offer their heads to his Ishta devi, Maa Tarhkula Devi.
He used guerrilla warfare tactics and proved to be a terror to British officials. After several attempts Bandhu Singh ji was caught and was to be hanged on the auspicious tree under which he worshipped…
His hanging was witnessed by several officials and locals. He was hanged by the neck for 6 times, and each time the noose was broken because of his tall and broad stature and Devi’s blessings. On the 7th attempt, Bandhu Singh ji requested Maai to let him attain moksha!”
Amar Shahid Bandhu Singh Shrinet was a guerrilla who fought against the British Raj in India.
Bandhu Singh was born on 1 May 1833 in a Shrinet Rajput Zamindar family of Babu Shiv Prasad Singh of Dumari Riyasat. He had five brothers named Dal Hamman Singh, Tejai Singh, Fateh Singh, Jheenak Singh and Karia Singh. He was a devotee of Tarkulaha Devi. He was finally arrested by the British along with Shivgobind Chand of Chillupar,Gorakhpur. He was hanged publicly at Ali Nagar Chauraha in Gorakhpur on 12 August 1858 but luckily Shivgobind Chand escaped to Nepal to his daughter Samrajya Laxmi Devi of Nepal. There is a month-long Mela every year starting from Chaitra Ramnavami at the Tarkulaha Devi Temple. People from far-flung locations visit Amar Shahid was a freedom fighter ‘Tarkulaha Mela’ to shop for their annual requirements of Garam Masala (Indian Spices) and to enjoy the traditional Nautanki (drama), Nag Kanya shows and small circuses. Also, Tarkulaha Devi Temple was Shaheed Bandhu Singh’s favourite place.
- Amin, Shahid (1995). Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura, 1922-1992. University of California Press. pp. 137–140. ISBN 9780520087804.