The Saragarhi movie has created an abuzz all over the town, because of the story that it unfolds. Which is about the legendary Battle of Saragarhi that took place in 1897. This Akshay Kumar starer movie is already making waves on the social media sites because it makes us aware with the long lost battle of Saragarhi, the sacrifice made by the Sikh soldiers which have been long forgotten. If you are oblivious to this fact, then make sure to check out the 15 Facts on the Battle of Saragarhi.
15 Quick facts
1. The famous Battle of Saragarhi took place on 12 September 1897 between the British Indian Army and the Afghans.
2. Saragarhi was a small post, about 40 miles away from the British Garrison town of Kohat on the Hindukush mountain mall. In the bygone era, it came under the North-West Frontier Province. This place is currently in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
3. The war of Saragarhi was fought between 21 sepoys and 10,000 Afghans of the 36th Sikh Battalion of the British Indian Army.
4. In 1897, the Pathan of Afghanistan wanted to capture the fort of Saragarhi. For this, he started attacking the fort.
5. At that time Lockhart and Gulistan were two major fortresses under the British Empire. The main link between them was the fort of Saragarhi. From here the two forts were connected through a heliographic signal communication (by shining the light of the sun and communicating through the Morse code).
6. 21 soldiers of the 36th Sikh Battalion of the British Indian Army were stationed on the fort of Saragarhi. On 12 September, they received the news that 10,000 to 14,000 Afghani tribes are going to attack the Saragarhi Fort.
7. He sought help from Lieutenant Colonel John Houghton, who was on the Lockheed Fort, but received an answer from there, “In such short notice the army cannot be sent, retreat”.
8. In the 36th Sikh Battalion, Sikh Jawan Havildar Ishar Singh along with his colleagues decided to fight against the Afghans. Bhagwan Singh of the 36th Sikh Battalion was the first to receive the honour of being the first martyr.
9. When the enemy demolished the wall of the fort, the morale of Sikh Jawans started decreasing. They dropped their guns and started chanting the slogan ‘Jo Bole So Nihal’. The soldiers then raised their swords and fought fiercely against the enemy.
10. These 21 Sikh soldiers killed 400 to 600 Afghans and forced them to flee.
11. The battle of Saragarhi is included in the 8 Greatest Battles in Human History by UNESCO.
12. To honor the valour and might of the 21 Sikh soldiers who fought bravely in the battle of Saragarhi, three of them were conferred with the title of gurus. One of which was made in Saragarhi, second in Firozpur and the third in Amritsar.
13. The 21 Sikh soldiers who were martyred in the war of Saragarhi were posthumously awarded ‘Indian Order of Merit’ by British India. These awards are equivalent to Param Vir Chakra, the highest military honor given by the Indian government.
14. 21 September is celebrated as Saragarhi Diwas or Saragarhi Day. The Sikh Regiment also celebrates this day as the ‘Regimental Battle Honours Day’.
15. So far, many documentaries have been made on Saragarhi. Now Bollywood is making a film titled, The Battle of Saragarhi, which is being directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. It features Akshay Kumar, Randeep Hooda, and Mohit Raina. Kesari directed by Anurag Singh is being made on the same subject. In which Ajay Devgan will be seen in the lead role. Its trailer has been released recently.