Sunday, 26 December 2010

Has ‘Religious’ Jor Mela become more of a cultural event ?

Shops are all decked up ahead of Shaheedi Jor Mela.

The importance of the Jor Mela has undergone significant changes over the last few years. Instead of mourning the death of younger Sahibzadas, people indulge in merry making and shopping. Even political parties cash in on the opportunity and aim to address gatherings during the mela.

The political congregations turn out to be more of show of strength. More than a hundred toyshops have come up on way to the gurdwara. People are seen purchasing entertainment gadgets, musical instruments and different Chinese games at the fair.

Exhibition stalls have been put up by the government and private firms near the gurdwara. All these stages are set by active political parties.

“Cries and tear of losing young sons of Guru Gobind Singh have taken place of fun and frolic. Just a few years ago people would walk the way to gurdwara, shed tears and mourn the death of younger Sahibzada’s. People would sit on ground and never used beds for sleeping,” said Gurbeg Singh, a 75 year-old resident of Khamano.

Another area resident, Taranjit Singh, said people never prepared sweets, arrange marriages or purchase goods during these days.

Area residents said the youngsters enjoyed absorbing the festivity and could be seen laughing in hordes, playing flute and other musical instruments.

Tribune News Service, Fatehgarh Sahib, December 25

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