Ferozpur

Ferozepur

This ancient city is believed to have been founded by Ferozeshah Tughluq in the 14th century. Ferozeshah Tughluq ,out of his passion for new cities, built many mosques, monasteries and colleges and renamed many of the old ones after his own name. As a true servant of God, he believed in providing public places to the elderly and the learned people, so that they could pray and worship in these holy places. Ferozepur witnessed many military expeditions, because of its strategic location in the northwest of the country.

Mudki, located 20 miles south-east of Ferozepur was the first battlefield for the battle between Lord Hardinge and the Sikhs. The first Anglo-Sikh war was fought in Ferozepur in 1845. It was because of the negligence of the British commander at Ferozepur, that the Khalsa was able to cross the river Sutlej unopposed. During the first Anglo-Afghan war, British troops advanced to Kabul from here in 1838.

The bank of river Sutlez in Ferozepur was the final resting place for three heroic martyrs of India’s freedom struggle Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, who were hanged for their deep patriotism and revolutionionary activities against the British Government. On March 23, 1931, these three heroes were hanged in Lahore and were stealthily cremated in the dead of night near Ferozepur.
On March 23 every year thousands of people gather at ShaheedBhagat Singh Memorial to pay homage to these noble heroes. Ferozepur has another historical memorial, the Saragarhi Gurudwara, commemorating the sacrifice of 21 Sikh soldiers who perished at Saragarhi in Baluchistan. On 12 September, every year, people gather here to pay tribute to the heroic soldiers and celebrate Saragarhi Day.

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