Veer Baal Diwas
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday attended the ‘Veer Bal Diwas’ at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in the national capital Delhi. At the event, PM Modi mentioned that “If we want to take India to newer heights of success then we have to become free from the narrow perspectives of the past”.
The government has also organised interactive events all over the country to inform and aware the people, especially young kids, about the story of the exemplary courage of the ‘sahibzades’ who sacrificed their lives while defending their faith.
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Veer Baal Diwas 2022
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the government’s decision to mark December 26 as Veer Bal Diwas in the memory of Guru Gobind Singh’s sons and pay tribute to the courage of the four ‘Sahibzadas’ of Sikh spiritual leader Guru Gobind Singh who attained martyrdom in the 17th Century, particularly his sons Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh who were allegedly killed by the Mughals upon the then ruler Aurangzeb’s order. They are still remembered for the sacrifice of their lives for the sake of the nation
After giving tributes to the tenth Sikh Guru on the occasion of Parkash Purab on the 9th of January, the Prime Minister said: “Today, on the auspicious occasion of the Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, I am honoured to share that starting this year, 26th December shall be marked as ‘Veer Baal Diwas.’ This is a fitting tribute to the courage of the Sahibzades and their quest for justice.”
Story of Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh
As per the records of Indian history, Aurangzeb had captured Anandpur Sahib in present-day Punjab in 1704, after holding the fort for months, food and other essential supplies started to diminish. The Sikhs were left with the only option of giving up the fortress of Anandpur. Following that, Guru Gobind Singh adhered to the demands of the Mughals and left the town. However, the Mughals did not follow the condition and went after them.
Mughals captured the sons of Guru Gobind Singh, Zorawar Singh, age 8 and Fateh Singh, age 5. They were taken to Sirhind in the presence of nawab Wazir Khan, who demanded that they convert to Islam in return for safe passage. Both of them did not accept the demands and were sentenced to death, burying them alive in a wall, the place which is now known as Fatehgarh Sahib.
FAQs related to Veer Baal Diwas 2022
Q1. When is Veer Baal Diwas celebrated?
Ans. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the government’s decision to mark December 26 as Veer Bal Diwas.
Q2. What Veer Baal Diwas is all about?
Ans. The day is marked to honour the exemplary courage of the ‘sahibzades’ who laid down their lives while defending their faith.