Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday announced that the state government would observe Shaheedi Pandarwara (Martyrdom Fortnight), from December 16 to 30, to commemorate the supreme sacrifice of the family of the 10th Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji.
The Chief Minister has appealed to the people to observe the ‘Shaheedi Pandarwara’ as a homage to Guru Gobind Singh ji’s family, and also to spread the message of their sacrifice across the world. It has been more than 300 years since the martyrdom of Sri Guru Gobind’s mother, Mata Gujri ji, and his four sons, Sahibzadas Ajit Singh, Jujhar Singh, Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh, but their sacrifice remains a beacon to inspire people across the globe, said the Chief Minister.
It has been decided to observe the somber and sacred occasion during the month of Pauh, which is dedicated to mourning the great souls of those who had passed away, said an official spokesperson.
According to the spokesperson, the government will organize various programmes, such as seminars, discussions and exhibitions, to disseminate the message of the unparalleled sacrifice of the Guru ji’s family, especially among the youth. The Chief Minister described this as a humble effort, as part of his government’s endeavour, to create awareness among the younger generation about the lives of the Gurus, and imbue them with the principles for which the Gurus lived and died.