Shades of Shaheedi Jor Mela - Fatehgarh Sahib 2012

Sikhism is another name for battle against bad, evil and exploitation. While moving on this path countless Sikhs have sacrificed their lives. Guru Gobind Singh ji ,the tenth Guru had sacrificed their whole family including himself for keeping the seed of the Sikhism alive. His two younger sons Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh were bricked alive at Sirhind in 1704.
Shaheedi Jor Mela, Fatehgarh Sahib
Fatehgarh Sahib
That place is now called as Fatehgarh Sahib which is also considered as the world’s most costliest land not only because of the style of its buying by Deewan Todar Mall from Wazir Khan for cremation of Mata Gujri ji and Sahibzadas but the fact that elders are considered as most experienced persons and young ones are the future and Sikh community had sacrificed both on this land.

Three-day annual 'Shaheedi Jor Mela', which is held in the memory of the martyrdom of Guru Gobind Singh's two younger sons, concluded peacefully at Gurudwara Jyoti Saroop Sahib, leaving large number of memories and different shades behind. Members of the Sikh community from different parts of the country and abroad participated in the religious event. The number was near about ten lakhs. This large number had shown the devotion of people regarding their faith and martyrs.
Thanda Burj, Fatehgarh Sahib
Thanda Burj, Fatehgarh Sahib

Different Sikh institutions distributed their literature. The work of Sikh missionary college during these three days was very appreciable. Their pamphlets were brief and interesting, more over they emphasized on removing the superstitious thoughts and exploitation which complies with the guidelines provided in Guru Granth Sahib ji. Continuous hymn singing had created a wonderful spiritual environment. Many preachers motivated people to follow the path shown by the Gurus.

Another shade that had covered the gathering at bigger level was the political aspect. Political parties established their stages to take the benefit of such a big gathering. Many members from different political parties were present in the event. All the members of the political parties were trying to show their party as the most appropriate for the welfare of Punjab. It shows that these people had no link to the young martyrs and were concerned only about their vote bank.

Some major traditions were also seen on the negative side which includes the tradition of Langar. Langar is the tradition of free kitchen started by the Sikh Gurus to feed the needy and to condemn the tradition of casteism as people of all castes are served Langar collectively. During this three day gathering, people from different villages organised Langar with the banners which had names of their villages written on them. The most annoying thing was that some people serving Langar were acting as street hawkers by loudly announcing their food items with the feeling of showing superiority to others.

Another shade which was creating the shivering in this cold weather was the lack of discipline among the devotees. Many were seen just enjoying the whole event; they were not showing any concern regarding the sacrifice done by the younger sons of tenth Guru. Some were pushing others for their cheap fun and even the use of slang's and vulgar language could be heard commonly. These things lead to destruction of the spiritual atmosphere of the Shaheedi Jor Mela.

If we consider these aspects then we can easily say that we are ignoring the sacrifice of our martyrs and wasting our time and money. Whenever we take part in these type of gatherings we should come with complete seriousness in our soul and behavior. We should value the hard time our martyrs had faced and that they have sacrificed themselves for their faith and coming generations. If we participate with complete dedication then it is definite that we will have high spirits and strength to tackle all the problems in our lives. Remembering the sacrifice of the young sons of Guru Gobind Singh, we should work hard in taking our society into a new glory. Although with the negative aspects, the overall Mela closed peacefully and many showed their true love towards Sikhism. I end this article remembering the house of Sikhism built with the base of lives of Sahibzada Fateh Singh and Sahibzada Zorawar Singh.

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