The Fateh Burj (The Victory Tower)

The Fateh burj or The Victory Tower was constructed to mark the third centenary of the historical battle of Chapparchiri fought in 1710. The tower has a octagonal structure. This 328 feet high Burj, India’s highest, stands as a symbol of historical victory of Sikhs led by the great general Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. The Burj has three storeys, the first at 67 feet, second at 117 feet and third at 220 feet height. Its top is decorated with a dome and a khanda of stainless steel. The first storey commemorates the victory of Samana, the second stotey for victory of Sadhaura and the third  for victory of Sirhind which was fought at Chapparchiri. 

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The Mughal and Sikh forces met outside Sirhind in Chappar Chiri village. The Mughals were armed with artillery, well equipped cavalry and large infantry whereas the Sikhs had cavalry and infantry but no artillery. Wazir Khan deployed his cannons and lined up his elephants, cavalry and skilled warriors at a plain site beyond which lay the rough landscape of Chappar Chiri (chappar – pond, chiri – cluster of trees) and tibbas (mounds). On the eve of war Baba Banda Singh Bahadur reached the site in the evening. He climbed the highest tibba to take stock of the enemy forces, assessed his strengths, and drew a strategy for war. The tibbas provided defense from cannon fire and the chin forced the enemy to engage in close quarter fighting.

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The statues on the mounds symbolizes the war of that time where in the generals were commanding the Khalsa army fighting with the Mughal army of Wazir Khan (Governor of Sirhind). In the battle, Sikhs gave a crushing blow to the Mughal Empire. Wazir Khan (Suba Sirhind) was killed in the battle and Sikhs established their first Raj in Punjab.

The statues of Baba  Banda Singh Bahadur ji and his five generals- Bhai Fateh Singh, Bhai Aali Singh, Bhai Maali Singh, Bhai Baaj Singh and Bhai Ram Singh have been placed in this memorial which is spread over 20 acres of land, was completed at a cost of nearly Rs 36 crore in just 11 months. 

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I just planned to pay visit to this historical site. To my surprise the approach roads were potholed and were dilapidated with no road markings. Six years since it was officially inaugurated with much fanfare, the memorial now lies in a state of neglect. The tower was earlier lit in three stages by color changing programmable lights but at present it was nowhere to be seen. However the benches installed for sitting purpose have an antique copper carving look which is indeed picturesque. 

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I hope the authorities might wake from the slumber and start maintaining this masterpiece.  It is just 18 kms from Chandigarh International Airport. 

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Quality wing says:

    Nice clicks sir…
    But sad to hear about negligence of authorities towards this place

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  2. Quality wing says:

    I have never been to this place.. but after reading your post.. I will surely visit

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  3. Jasmeen kaur says:

    Nice capture!

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  4. Cassie says:

    This is a formidable monument! Love your pics

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  5. sihamjr says:

    never been there before! So pretty tho

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  6. Will certainly go here, once I visit India.

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  7. I never heard about this Tower! Do you recommend this attraction also for kids?

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  8. Very interesting building! If it was situated in any European capital city, I’m sure, it would get even more visitors than Eiffel Tower 😉 As others have already said, I also hope, the authorities will take better care of it, because it’s really worthy! In Poland and Turkey (because I used to live in both countries) there are too many valuable monuments going into ruin due to ignorance 😦

    Btw. I really appreciate your camera – it took very good quality photos during night 😉

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  9. panushwari says:

    I have never been to Chandigarh, but this makes me want to go, and not just for the food!

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  10. Hiking Singh says:

    Thanks! that my phone camera in manual mode !

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  11. Hiking Singh says:

    Yes definitely they will get to know about Sikh history !!!

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  12. Team Uy says:

    hope the authorities put effort of preserving this place

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