Maghi Festival

On this occasion, Sikhs visit Gurudwaras and listen to kirtans to commemorate the martyrdom of the forty Immortals. Forty followers of Guru Gobind Singh who had previously deserted him, fought bravely against overwhelming Mughal army forces and were martyred in Muktsar. The battle took place near a pool of water, Khidrane di Dhab, in 1705. Guru Gobind Singh personally blessed the martyrs as having achieved mukti (liberation) and cremated them the following day, the first of Magh (hence the name of the festival), which now usually is on the 13th of January. The largest gathering happens in Muktsar where an annual fair is also held. A mahala or big march of pilgrims from the main shrine to gurdwara Tibbi Sahib, sacred to Guru Gobind Singh, concludes the three-day celebration.
Maghi also called as Makara Sankranti and is observed on the first day of Magh as a winter harvest festival.

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