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Sabads uttered in connection with Babur’s attack (Babarvani)
The foundation of the Mughal empire in Hindustan was laid by Zahir-ud-din-Muhammad Babur (1483-1530 CE) in 1526 CE. At that time, Ibrahim Lodhi (reign 1517-1526 CE) was ruling from his throne in Delhi. To put an end to his power, Babur launched many attacks on Hindustan. The Panjab (divided between India and Pakistan since 1947 CE) was used as a battlefield in these attacks. Under the command of Babur, his troops plundered and destroyed several towns of Panjab. Babur has also mentioned this in his memoir ‘Baburnama.’

Guru Nanak Sahib (1469-1539 CE) witnessed the destruction caused by Babur with his own eyes and vividly depicted the scenes of destruction in his Bani. These revolutionary Sabads revealed by the Guru that depict pain and empathy are known as ‘Babarvani’ in Sikh tradition. Based on the line ‘bābarvāṇī phiri gayī’ appearing in the Sabad ‘jin siri sohani paṭīā...,’ these Sabads seem to have become popularly known as ‘Babarvani.’ The following four Sabads come under ‘Babarvani:’
1. khurāsān khasmānā kīā hindustānu ḍarāiā. -Guru Granth Sahib 360.
2. jin siri sohani paṭīā māṁgī pāi sandhūr. -Guru Granth Sahib 417.
3. kahā su khel tabelā ghoṛe kahā bherī sahnāī. -Guru Granth Sahib 417-18.
4. jaisī mai āvai khasam kī bāṇī taisaṛā karī giān ve lālo. -Guru Granth Sahib 722-23.