With elections round the corner, the Akali Dal-BJP government led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has stepped up the pace of inaugurating memorials related to key events in Sikh history.
Within a week of dedicating the Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib, Mr. Badal unveiled a memorial to commemorate Chhota Ghallughara (lesser holocaust) at Kahnuwan Chhambh in Gurdaspur on Monday.
While the Anandpur Sahib memorial celebrates the tercentennial of the creation of the Khalsa order, the Kahnuwan Chhambh memorial commemorates the untold sufferings borne by thousands of Sikhs at the hands of the Mughals.Set over an area of 10 acres, it was built at a cost of Rs.12.59 crore.
On Wednesday, Mr. Badal will inaugurate a memorial to mark the tercentennial of the victory of the Sikh forces under Baba Banda Singh Bahadur over Sirhind's Mughal Governor Wazir Khan.
At least 20,000 decorated soldiers of the armed forces led by former Army Chief General J. J. Singh are expected to participate in the event. The Chhappar Chiri memorial has been developed around three 328-foot-high victory towers. . It took a record 11 months to put the project at near completion stage at a cost of Rs 35.40 crore.