Saturday, 24 November 2012

Badal announces Sikh martyrs memorials


Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced that the state government would soon erect a monument in the memory of martyrs Bhai Mati Dass, Bhai Sati Dass and Bhai Dyal Dass, who were executed by the Mughals at Chandni Chowk in Delhi along with Guru Teg Bahadur.

The concept and design of the monument would be finalised in consultation with Sikh scholars, intellectuals and religious personalities, he said.

Addressing a religious congregation comprising a large number of Brahmins at Gurdwara Sri Bhora Sahib here organised as part of a ‘Rin Utaar Yatan Yatra’ (a journey aimed at repaying the debt of Sikh Gurus), Badal said it was a historic day when the Brahmin community had visited Sri Anandpur Sahib. From here, Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib launched his journey to save the Hindu community from the tyranny and oppression unleashed by the then Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1675.

In 1675, Pandit Kirpa Ram Dutt had called on Guru Teg Bahadur along with a delegation of 500 Brahmins from Kashmir, urging him to protect them and their religion from the oppression of the Mughals.

Badal said the journey should be made an annual feature to ensure participation of more people. On the occasion, the Chief Minister honoured five members of the Brahmin Sabha, including its president, with the portrait of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur and a siropa.

Tribune News Service, Anandpur Sahib, November 23

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