- Sep 16, 2004
Shaheedi Jor mela begins, thousands pay obeisance
Tribune News Service
Tribune News Service
Chamkaur Sahib, December 19
More than 20,000 persons today paid obeisance in Katalgarh Sahib gurdwara on the first day of three-day Shaheedi Jor Mela which began here. The mela to commemorate martyrdom of Guru Gobind Singh’s two elder sons who sacrified lives fighting the Mughal army in 1705 begun with akand path in the five historical gurdwaras including Katalgarh Sahib, Garhi Sahib, Ranjit Garh Sahib, Tari Sahib and Damdama Sahib here.
The town wore a festive look as besides gurdwaras, roads were also decorated. Nihang Singhs astride horses, wearing blue dress and unique turbans of various organisations from Anandpur Sahib, Patiala, Amritsar and Bathinda arrived here carrying traditional weapons.
Nihang Singhs will exhibit their traditional war skills on the last day of the mela here. They have set up their camps at different places.
For devotees langar arrangements have been made in all gurdwaras by the SGPC, besides it, several community kitchens were also set-up at different places in the town by the voluntary bodies.
The town is divided into nine sectors. Parking arrangements for devotees were made at four places. The administration has directed the PSEB to ensure round the clock power supply in the town during the three-day mela.
A control room is also set up and doctors also available, said SDM, J.C Sabarwal, after a meeting with officials about arrangements.
For law and order more than 400 policemen, including nine inspectors and five DSPs, were deployed in the town. A large number of constables were deployed to control traffic, said SP (headquarter) Jaspal Singh.
Political parties have also set up stages at different places for conferences to be held here tomorrow. The Akali Dal will hold its conference in the Diwan Hall of Katalgarh Sahib gurdwara, the Congress Party near Bus stand, Mr Ravi Inder Singh group on the Khalsa school campus, the BSP near the stadium, the Akali Dal (Mann) and the Rangreta Dal will hold conferences.