Elaborate arrangements have been made for the three-day annual Shaheedi Jor Mela scheduled to be held from December 25 to mark the martyrdom of the two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh, who were "bricked" alive here during the regime of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
Thousands of devotees from all over the country and abroad will come here to pay their obeisance at Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib.
The three-day religious function would begin with akhand path of Guru Granth Sahib at gurdwara Jyoti Swarup.
Earlier, the jor mela was purely a religious affair, over the years it has assumed political colours. The occasion has been used, particularly by the ruling party, to highlight its achievements and announce its priorities. The opposition parties, too, take the opportunity to criticize the failures of the government during their political conference.
Senior leader of various political parties have been camping at the historical city for past few days to oversee preparations at their respective pavilions. On December 27, a nagar kirtan would be taken from Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib to Gurdwara Jyoti Swaroop, in a decorated palki sahib (palanquin).
The SGPC has made elaborate arrangements, arranging deewan, where Sikh preachers, ragis and dhadi jathas will present devotional songs and give the accounts of the Sikh history.
Students and staff members of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mata Gujri College and Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering and Polytechnic Colleges will participate in the three day religious function.
Fatehgarh Sahib additional deputy commissioner(general) Malwinder Singh Jaggi said in order to pay true homage to the sahibzadas there would be no shops, no circus, dance programme, gambling stalls, swings and any other amusement item. "Langars" would have only simple food and loudspeakers too would not be allowed. Wine shops would remain closed for three days and anyone found selling intoxicants and wine would not be spared. Free parking sites have been earmarked for vehicles. All sources of entertainments have been banned.
An impressive exhibition depicting the various achievements of the state government in different fields and public oriented schemes initiated by various government departments would be arranged. Besides this all the basic civic amenities like toilets, drinking water, and cleanliness would be ensured and enquiry centers and medical teams would work round the clock.