Sikh history is adorned with countless tales of bravery but the battle of Saragarhi can be considered the most epic tussle ever. The fact that this fierce battle was fought between only 21 sikh soldiers and almost 10000 Afghanis who wanted to conquer the fort Gulistan and fort Lockhart which were built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh makes it an epitome of courage.
Driven by their faith and belief in themselves, those 21 Sikh soldiers of 36th Battalion proved that absolutely nothing that beat you down until you accept the defeat in your heart. It was their faith that didn’t allow them to bow down to such an overpowering number of enemies and didn’t fall prey to the Afghan forces that made promises to the soldiers to entice them to surrender.
It’s in the those moments when you’re facing a crisis of faith, you can turn to historical events like this epic battle of Saragarhi and refuse to give up.
In memory of the battle, Saraghari Day has been officially recognised by the British Army and a commemorative service was organized on 12th September at the site of armed forces Sikh memorial wherein British soldiers from Headquaters 11th Signal and West Midland brigade paid tribute to the legendary wariors.
The site was unveiled in November 2015 in the presence of Guru Granth Sahib. A special film on the battle of Saragarhi was also screened at the event.