Orthodox Baha’i Community of India Commemorate the Martyrdom of the Báb
On May 23, 1844, a young man, surnamed the Báb (the Gate), proclaimed the advent of a new Era and announced that He was the "Forerunner" of the Promised One, the One Who had been the "sole Object of all previous Revelations."
In spite of the overwhelming forces of opposition within His native land, the Báb succeeded during His six year ministry in winning to His Cause the adherence of several thousand believers, including some of the ranking divines and scholars of Persia. His turbulent ministry ended with His martyrdom at the hands of a military firing squad in the public square of Tabríz in 1850.
-(Joel B. Marangella,The Third Guardian of Bahai Faith)-
On 9th July 1850 at Noon Bab martyred. Although the widespread persecution and martyrdom of His followers had reduced their ranks to a remnant, the spiritual flame which the Báb had ignited in Persia could not be extinguished. This flame was destined to burn with renewed intensity with the appearance of the One foretold and heralded by the Báb.
The remains of the Báb, secretly kept in a plain wooden box and hidden in various places over many decades, in 1909 were finally laid to rest by 'Abdu'l-Bahá in a beautiful shrine on the slopes of Mt. Carmel.
The National Baha’i Council of India has announced a central program to commemorate the martyrdom of Bab on Monday 8th July 2013 at Vasai Road.
A. Parikh, Secretary NBC of India.