Rupnagar, Punjab: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar on Tuesday said the reconstruction of Chamkaur di Garhi, the site related to Guru Gobind Singh and the battle between Sikhs and Mughal forces in 1704 in Chamkaur Sahib, would be completed within one year to give it a touch of originality.
It may be mentioned that Gur u Gobind Singh’s two elder brothers Sahibzadas Ajit Singh and Jujhar Singh and other sikhs had attained martyrdom during the battle. Guru Gobind Singh had sent his Sahibzadas and 40 Sikhs from the ‘Katchi’ Garhi to fight the Mughal forces.
The historic Chamkaur Di Garhi was demolished many years back and a gurdwara was built at that place by the SGPC. Now, the SGPC has decided to reconstruct the Garhi.
While talking to media persons at Gurdwara Bhatta Sahib near Rupnagar, Makkar said the reconstruction work would be done through Kar Seva.
Later on, Makkar also laid the foundation stone of the reconstruction work of the Garhi at Chankaur Sahib.
In reply to a question about the failure of the SGPC to conserve the historic Qila of Nihang Khan, relating to Guru Gobind Singh at Kotla Nihang village near Rupnagar, Makkar said the committee formed by him in this regard was yet to give its report.
He said the SGPC was ready to purchase the site. However, the owners of the site were demanding a hefty price.
Later, Makkar also addressed a religious conference held on the occasion of Shaheedi Jor Mela at Gurdwara Bhatta Sahib. He also inaugurated the new Serai built at Gurdwara Sahib. Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib Jathedar Giani Mal Singh, Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra, Rupnagar MLA Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, SAD vice-president Kiranbir Singh Kang, SGPC members Karnail Singh Panjoli, Amarjit Singh Chawla and Paramjit Singh Lakhewal also addressed the conference. Meanwhile, thousands of devotees paid their obeisance at Gurdwara Bhatta Sahib on the second day of the Shaheedi Jor Mela.
Gatka and turban tying competitions were also organised on the occasion. Besides this district youth clubs coordination committee also organised a blood donation camp on the occasion.