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Ajit Jalandhar
The Tribune
Historians list The Battle of Saragarhi as one of the five most significant events of its kind in the world which
includes the Battle of Thermopylae associated with the heroic stand of a small Greek force against the
mighty Persian Army of Xerxes I in 480 B.C. It is also listed amongst the greatest battles in the annals of
military history.

On September 12, 1897, 21 Sikh soldiers of the 36th Battalion of the Sikh Regiment fought knowingly to
their death to defend the vital signaling station at Saragarhi, between Fort Lockhart and Fort Galistan,
against 10,000-12,000 Pathan Tribals of Tirah. Every year Sikhs in Punjab's Ferozepur district mark
Saragarhi Day to remember the unparalleled valour, demonstrated by 21 Sikh soldiers on September 12,
1897 while participating in the battle of Saragarhi against a 10,000 strong enemy force.

The Sikh soldiers of the 4th Battalion (then 36th Sikhs) of the Sikh Regiment of British India were sent to
defend Fort Lockhart at Saragarhi post, in North West Frontier Province (now in Pakistan).

Some 10,000 tribesmen had attacked the Saragarhi post. The battle lasted over six hours and one by one
the defenders kept falling while trying to protect their post. But they did not surrender. The day of battle is
observed each year as `Saragarhi Day' to mark the event.

The Gurudwara, named Saragarhi memorial, in Ferozepur today stands as a protected monument and is a
tribute to those Sikh soldiers who sacrificed their lives. The memorial gurudwara, surrounded by
half-a-dozen small and big cannons with names of the 21 brave soldiers inscribed on its walls, was built by
the army with stones from the Saragarhi post. It was declared open in 1904 by Sir Charles Revz. Saragarhi
memorial is an inspiration to many a symbol of courage and bravery.

Captain Sadhu Singh of the Sikh Regiment, said:" About 110-years-ago, on 12th of September, 1897 a war
was fought, in which 21 brave soldiers were martyred while fighting under the leadership of Hawaldar
Ishwar Singh at Saragarhi Post. In memory of those martyrs, we celebrate this day every year. Whatever our
ancestors have given us in legacy is for the making of our nation and community proud. "

On the occasion of 110th anniversary of the Saragarhi Day a cross-country run was held in which hundreds
of civilians as well as army personnel participated.

After covering a distance of nine miles on the Faridkot-Ferozepur Road, the run culminated at the Saragarhi
Memorial Gurudwara. The Sikh Regiment organized cross-country and cycle rally with the support of the
state government to inspire youth and instill a spirit of sacrifice for the motherland in them.
Lt.Gen.R.S.Sujlana, Colonel of the Sikh Regiment, "Today, we organized a cycle-rally and a run, which saw
the participation of a large number of youth."  Ferozepur city in South-west Punjab is on the sensitive border
with Pakistan that has witnessed three wars. The border village lacks medical facilities and to make the
Saragarhi Day a memorable one the army also organized a free medical camp.

Each year by observing the Saragarhi Day, the spirit and inspiration is kept alive from generation to
generation. By Avtar Gill (ANI)
Battle of Saragharhi.
Over 250 Sikh children and their families participated in multiple events and competitions held at Gurdwara
Sahib Fremont
on 06/14/2014. Families travelled over 100 miles to participate in the day’s events.
The day’s competitions included: Gurbani memorization, Parshada competition, Gatka, Art
contest, and an egg less baking competition.
Sikh Children Day a great success
Thanks to all participants, parents and volunteers.

Winners list
Gurbani Contest is being held since 1997. This contest is professionally organized.
Experienced judges very precisely monitor the performance of each participant. Participants
are judged in the area of clear pronunciation of Gurbani, understanding of Gurbani,
language, clarity, style and delivery. Cash prizes, trophies and other awards are presented
to participants depending upon their performance and available budget. Punjabi speaking
participants receive special cash prizes at the final contest.
ENROLLMENT for this year is now CLOSED