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Events Delhi Fateh Diwas Celebrated At Red Fort


New Delhi, March 9 (IANS)

Thousands of Sikhs celebrated Delhi Fateh Diwas, the anniversary of a historic event when the Nishaan Sahib -- the holy symbol of the Khalsa Panth -- was unfurled at the Red Fort.

Eighteenth-century Sikh warrior Sardar Baghel Singh had unfurled the saffron Nishaan Sahib on ramparts of the Red Fort March 11, 1783, for the first time. Baba Baghel Singh was a powerful military general during the 18th century when times were turbulent. In February 1764, a body of 30,000 Sikhs under the command of Baghel Singh and other leading warriors crossed the Yamuna and captured Saharanpur. They arrived in Delhi on 8 March, 1783 and thereafter the Sikhs entered the Red Fort and captured the Diwan-e-Am.

This historic event was 231 years later being marked by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee in a two-day event March 8-9.

"This unforgettable day is a matter of great pride for all Sikhs. We are proud of the fact that our community spreads the message of brotherhood around the world," said Ravinder Pal Singh, a resident of Rajouri Garden area in west Delhi.

The celebrations at the sprawling Red Fort grounds were highlighted by various programmes depicting the rich cultural traditions of Sikh community and displays of tradition martial art forms. During these historic celebrations, “Khalsa Delhi Fateh March” was also organised which commenced from Fatehpuri Chandni chowk and ended at Gyan Path, in the vicinity of Red Fort.

Amritsar-born Baghel Singh (1725-1802) was one of the greatest Sikh warriors of the 18th century who prepared the foundations of Sikh rule in Punjab and beyond. He established seven gurdwaras in the capital city.

(Source: http://www.firstpost.com/fwire/sikhs-celebrate-delhi-fateh-diwas-at-red-fort-1426487.html, http://www.delhievents.com/2014/03/the-delhi-sikh-gurdwara-management.html?m=1 )


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A light & sound programme on Sikh history was also organised among other events.


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