A rare video has surfaced of Maghi Mela celebrations from 1943. The video shows how British officers disrespected Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The officers pass right by Guru Sahib with their shoes and erhat without bowing or showing any respect. The Sikh leaders who are accompanying the officers let the sacrilege happen.
This is a stark difference to other leaders of the time who objected and protested against such type of sacrilege on part by the British.
Mela Maghi, held at the holy city of Sri Muktsar Sahib each year in January, or the month of Magh according to Nanakshahi calendar is one of the most important melas (fairs) of India and the most important of all religiously significant gatherings of the Sikhs.
The Maghi fair is held to honour the memory of the forty Sikh warriors killed during the Battle of Muktsar in 1705. Muktsar, originally called Khidrana, was named as Muktsar (“the pool of liberation”) following the battle. These forty Sikhs, led by their leader Mahan Singh, had formally deserted Sri Guru Gobind Singh in the need of hour, and signed a written memorandum to the effect. When Mai Bhago, a valiant and upright lady, heard of this cowardly act, she scolded the Singh’s and inspired them refresh with spirit of bravery for which Sikhs are known. Hence, the unit went back and joined the Guru who was already engaged in action at Khidrana. All forty of them attained martyrdom. The memorandum (bedawa) was torn-down by the Guru himself just before Mahan Singh died.