Martyrs Day (30 January) in India

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Martyr means Shaheed (शहीद) in Hindi. It is pronounced as Martǝr or मार्टर. A martyr is someone who is a victim or killed or made to suffer considerably because of their religious or political faith or principles.

What is Martyrs Day?

Martyr day is organised to honour those who lost their lives protecting the sovereignty or freedom of the nation. On Martyr’s day the president, vice president, prime minister, defense minister, and three Service Chiefs assemble at the memorial of Raj Ghat and lay flowers. The Armed forces blow clarions. A two minute silence in the memory of Indian martyrs is observed across the nation at 11am.

Why Martyr Day is observed on 30 January in India?

The government of India has chosen 30th January as Martyrs Day because it is the anniversary of the assassination of our father of nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1948 by Nathuram Godse.

Martyrs Day Quotes in English-

  • There is no greater sacrifice known to man than to lay down one’s life protecting the sovereignty of the nation.
  • Salute to those Martyr who dedicated their each breathe for the country; whose heartbeats had only one name- “India”; who lived for the country; who died for the country… Jai Hind!!
  • Death is at any time blessed but it is twice blessed for a warrior who dies for his principle, that is truth.
  • Great ones don’t die. They continue to live in our hearts as inspiration.
  • It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.
  • It is very true to say that martyrs create faith more than faith creates martyrs.
  • The martyrs have sacrificed their lives to ensure that our countrymen do not breathe in the environment of slavery. Salute to such heroes.
  • The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the freedom.
  • The tyrant dies and his rule is over. The martyr dies and his rule begins.
  • Where everyone is afraid to die, they died for us. Where bullets give others pain, it gives them joy to fight more. When others were running for their lives, they were sacrificing their lives. They are our pride! Jai Hind!
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Martyrs Day Quotes in Hindi-

  • इस कदर वाकिफ है मेरी कलम मेरे जज्बातों से, अगर मैं इश्क लिखना भी चाहूँ तो इंकलाब लिख जाता हूँ।
  • वतन की मोहब्बत में खुद को तपाये बैठे हैं, मरेंगे तो सिर्फ वतन के लिए, ये शर्त मौत से लगाए बैठे हैं।
  • सर झुके बस उनकी शहादत में, जो शहीद हुए हमारी हिफाजत में।
  • घर आँगन अपना छोड़ के वो
    सीमा पर जाने वाला है,
    इक माँ का राजदुलारा अब
    दूजी माँ का “रखवाला” है।
  • सरहद पर मर मिटने वाले
    देकर कितने पैगाम गए,
    हाँ अपने खून की स्याही से
    वो लिखकर “हिन्दुस्तान” गए।

Other Martyrs Day celebrated in India:

In India, 30th January is associated with Martyrs Day nationwide. But there are some other days too that are remembered as Martyrs day. These are-

  • 23rd March is the death anniversary of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru.
  • 19th May is Language Martyrs Day (Bhasha Shaheed Diwas) mainly observed in Assam.
  • 21st October is Police Martyrs Day observed by police departments nationwide.
  • 17th November is death anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai, mainly observed in Odisha.
  • 19th November is the birthday of Rani Lakshmibai to honour those who gave their lives in the rebellion of 1857.
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