On December 26, the ‘Veer Bal Diwas’ program has been organized at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in the country’s capital Delhi, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also participated. Veer Bal Diwas program was organized to make the country and the world aware of the story of the exemplary courage of the sons of the last Sikh Guru Gobind Singh.
Veer Bal Diwas is celebrated to honor the sacrifice of the four Sahibzadas of the Khalsa. The younger children of the last Sikh Guru Gobind Singh sacrificed their lives protecting their faith.
It is also a day to remember their stories and to know how they were brutally murdered – especially Zorawar and Fateh Singh. During a battle on the banks of the Sarsa river, both the Sahibzadas were taken prisoner by the Mughal army. They were allegedly buried alive at the age of 8 and 5 respectively for not converting to Islam.
Guru Gobind Singh, the leader of the Sikhs in Punjab during the Mughal reign, had four sons. They were called Char Sahibzade Khalsa. In 1699, Gobind Singh established the Khalsa Panth. It was established with the aim of protecting the people of the Sikh community from religious persecution. Guru Gobind Singh had four sons from three wives: Ajit, Jujhar, Zorawar, and Fateh, all of whom were part of the Khalsa. All four of them were executed by the Mughal army before the age of 19.