The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has finally given recognition to the martyrs of the battle of Saragarhi by installing a painting of the battle at the Central Sikh Museum on the Golden Temple complex here. The paiting is a work of noted artist Gurinderpal Singh.
The painting depicting the heroics of Sikh warriors in the battle was unveiled in the museum by giani Jagtar Singh and giani Jaswinder Singh, two priests of the shrine, on Saturday. A brief history of the battle is inscribed below the painting.
Twenty-one warriors of the 36-Sikh Regiment had laid down their lives while defending the Saragarhi fort in the North West Frontier Province against Afghan raiders in 1897. When the news of superhuman feat of the Sikh warriors reached England, the House of Commons stood up to pay tributes to them. The real life story had found a place in UNESCO's 10 best stories of heroism and bravery from across the world.
Though a gurdwara in memory of the Sargarhi martyrs stands at a short distance from the Golden Temple, but for reasons best known to the SGPC, there was no reference to the battle at the Central Sikh Museum. The decision to install a painting of the battle was taken recently by the SGPC executive.
A portrait of former SGPC member Daljit Kaur was also unveiled at the museum. She was a SGPC member from 1996 to 2011.