April 27, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar, Punjab (April 27, 2013): In brief but historic ceremony held at Sri Darbar Sahib (Amritsar) Complex, the Martyr’s memorial for Saka June 1984 was inaugurated. This ceremony was attended by various Sikh political, social and religious leaders besides the Sikh sangat in large numbers.
The memorial is in form of a Gurudwara Sahib, that is in conformity with the historic Sikh tradition; as all other memorials in the Darbar Sahib complex – including the memorials for Baba Deep Singh Ji, Baba Gurbax Singh Ji Nihang and Bhai Sukh Singh & Bhai Mehtab Singh are in form of Gurudwara Sahibs.
The memorial for martyrs of June 1984 – named Gurdwara Yadgar Shaheedan, is situated on the left side of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib and Gurudwara Thara Sahib (Patshahi Novin). The entrance to the Gurudwara Yadgar Shaheedan is located near Nishan Sahib of Miri-Piri.
The memorial signifies the memory of martyrs who laid their lives while defending the sacred shrine from armed attack by invader Indian Army. It also signifies the memory of Sikh pilgrims, who were massacred by the Indian army during the armed attack that was code-named as Operation Blue Star.
Sri Akhand Paath Sahib of Sri Guru Granth Sahib had begun inside the Gurudwara Yaadgaar Shaheedan on April 25, 2013. The bhog of Sri Akhand Paath Sahib was held at around 8 am on April 27, 2013. There after Hazoori Raghis performed Kirtan of Gurbani.
Thereafter, Giani Iqbal Singh (Jathedar Kes Garh Sahib), Giani Gurbachan Singh (Jathedar Akal Takhat Sahib), S. Avtar Singh Makkar (President, Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee) and Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma (Head of Damdami Takhsat – Mehta) addressed the Sikh sangat.
Following note from the manager of Sri Darbar Sahib is displayed outside the entrance of the memorial:
Gurudwara Yaadgaar Shaheedan
Saabar sidak saheed bharm bhau khowna
Sachkhand Sri Harimandir Sahib is a central shrine of Sikh devotion, entity and identity where as Sri Akal Takhat Sahib symbolizes distinct Sikh thought. The Sikhs have always been spreading the divine gospel of gurus deriving inspiration and enthusiasm from these shrines. These sources of religio-spiritual power of the Sikhs have always been the eye-sore of contemporary anti Sikh forces and they on their toes to mitigate them. Zakaria Khan, Yahya Khan, Ahmed Shah Abdali and then Congress Govt. in June, 1984, raided, ransacked and tried their level best to bulldoze the existence of these shrines. The memorials of great warrior Baba Deep Singh Ji, first Head of Damdami Taksal and Baba Gurbax Singh Ji, his successor in the holy Complex add grandeur to Sikh history, who fell martyr fighting against the huge army, defending these shrines from the invaders.
The Indian army, at the order of Congress Govt. of India, attacked Sri Harmandir Sahib, the central Sikh Shrine and Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, the highest seat of Sikh spiritual and temporal authority. The fearless Sikh warriors fought against the Indian army with exemplary courage and bravery. In the independent India, in June 1984 the army attacked the holy precincts with tanks and canons with the view to mitigating the entity and identity of the Sikhs and defaming the community who made innumerable scarifies to see India free and killed thousands of Sikhs not sparing the innocent women and children even.
Bhai Amrik Singh, the President of Sikh Students Federation, General Sardar Subeg Singh (Retd.), Baba Thahra Singh alongwith thousand others, fell martyrs fighting against the Indian Army under the guidance and inspiration of great warrior Sant Gyani Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa Bhinderanwale, the 14th head of Damdami Taksal on June 6, 1984. This memorial Gurdwara Yaadgaar Shaheedan commemorating the great sacrifices of thousands of martyrs, was prepared by Baba Harnam Singh Ji Khalsa, the head of Damdami Taksal, the Kar Sewa of which was entrusted upon by Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, Sri Amritsar.
Manager Sri Darbar Sahib.