Chhota Ghallughara: Memorial of Courage

Built in a 10 acre campus the Chhota Ghallughara is a memorial to those brave Sikh men who lost their lives to the Mughal army in 1746. The government made the Rs. 12 crore campus to serve the memory of those men and also to keep alive the rich heritage of the state and Sikh people.

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Punjab has been a land of many great leaders, revolutionaries and also martyrs, we have had people like the great Maharaja Ranjit Singh and his General Hari Singh Nalwa. The list carries on till the time of freedom struggle that saw the likes of Bhagat Singh rise to the occasion. Punjab has seen many battles. There have been times in the past when the Sikhs came into grave danger of being killed all at once, one such occasion was the time when the Mughals went to take revenge of the death of Jaspat Rai and in turn massacred the Sikhs.

To glorify the sacrifice of those brave heart Sikh warriors who lost their lives in the battle, the government of Punjab has made a memorial. Standing in Kahnuwan Chhamb in the district of gurdaspur the monument has been linked to the suffrage of the people.

Spread in about 10 acres the monument was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal. The inauguration took place in November 2011. It is to remember the great warriors who fought the battle for more than two months. It is believed that around 11,000 people lost their lives during that time.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal made the announcement of opening Chhota Ghallughara memorial while he was at the opening of the Khalsa Heritage Complex, which has been dedicated to gurus.

Shiromani Akali Dal led government in the state did open the memorial centre shortly after. Spread in over 10 acre campus, has a 100 feet tall minar (tower). The memorial serves the memory of around 11,000 warriors and has a few buildings inside. This will work as a great way for letting the youth know the history of the state and about its great Sikhs.

It was a battle that was initiated by Lakhpat Rai who was the revenue minister of the Mughal Empire in 1746. To avenge the death of his brother, Jaspat Rai the former declared that he would not rest his head until he scourged the entire Sikh panth out of existence.

Lakhpat Rai took the help of the Mughal emperor in Lahore and summoned leaders from Multan, Bahawalpur and Jalandhar. All the Sikhs in Lahore were killed by Lakhpat Rai and then he went on to search for Sikhs who had reportedly taken shelter in the forest of Kahnuvan. The Sikh men gave a brilliant fight to the army of Lakhpat Rai.

Government’s idea of making a memorial shows their affection towards the rich history of the state and it gives tales of all the great men that have been born in Punjab. It shows how the SAD and BJP led government vales the sentiments of the people and cares for the rich history of the state.