Thousands Unite at Golden Temple to Honour Chhote Sahibzadas and Mata Gujri

by Parminder Singh Sodhi

In a poignant display of reverence, thousands of devout worshippers gathered at the Golden Temple complex to participate in the bhog of the ‘akhand path’ and the recitation of the ‘mool mantar.’ The sacred ceremony was dedicated to paying homage to the indomitable spirit of Chhote Sahibzadas and Mata Gujri at the revered Akal Takht.

The spiritual call for this commemoration was issued by Akal Takht Jathedar, Giani Raghbir Singh. He urged the faithful to recite the ‘mool mantar’ and ‘gur mantar’ for a solemn ten minutes, a gesture meant to honor the selfless sacrifices made by Guru Gobind Singh’s sons, Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh, along with their grandmother Mata Gujri.

The solemn atmosphere was enriched by the soul-stirring kirtan performed by a dedicated team led by Hazuri Ragi Gurmail Singh of the Golden Temple. Baljit Singh led the congregation in prayers, adding a spiritual depth to the proceedings.

Speaking about the significance of the Martyrdom Day, Giani Baljinder Singh, the Granthi of the Golden Temple, eloquently narrated the timeless tale of the Chhote Sahibzadas’ sacrifice. He emphasized how their unwavering commitment to their faith serves as a timeless reminder of the imperative to stand firm in the face of adversity.

The ceremony not only commemorated historical sacrifice but also served as a collective reaffirmation of the principles that the Sikh community holds dear. The devotees, young and old, participated with a deep sense of respect, underscoring the enduring legacy of the Chhote Sahibzadas and Mata Gujri in shaping Sikh consciousness.

As the echoes of the ‘mool mantar’ resonated through the hallowed precincts of the Golden Temple, it served as a testament to the enduring spirit of unity and devotion that binds the Sikh community together. The Martyrdom Day observance at the Golden Temple stands not just as a historical remembrance but as a living testament to the timeless ideals of sacrifice and faith that continue to inspire generations.

Parminder Singh Sodhi

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