Recently Maghi Mela was held in the holy city of Sri Muktsar Sahib in Punjab.
About Maghi Mela –
- It is held every year in January or the month of Magh according to the Nanakshahi calendar.
- The Mela is celebrated in memory of 40 Sikh warriors who fought the Mughals in the battle of Khidrana, which was named Muktsar after the battle.
- The battle took place near a pool of water, Khidrane di Dhabi, on 29 December 1705.
- The bodies of the warriors were cremated the following day, the first of Magh (hence the name of the festival), which now falls usually on the 13th of January.
- Sikhs celebrate the Maghi with an end-to-end recital of the holy Guru Granth Sahib and religious rituals in all the Sikh Gurudwaras.
What is Nanakshahi Calendar?
The Nanakshahi calendar was designed by Sikh scholar Pal Singh Purewal to replace the Bikrami calendar, to work out the dates of gurpurab and other festivals.