Bhagat Singh was a small boy, hardly twelve, when the Jallianwala Bagh incident took place. Nearly two thousand people died or were wounded very seriously.
Next day, when Bhagat Singh heard the news he was very angry. Instead of going to his school, he secretly went to Amritsar. He visited Jallianwala Bagh and bowed down to pay his respects to the martyrs. There were silent tears in his eyes, and the message of the martyrs was echoing in his heart and soul. He picked up a handful of this blood soaked soil and kept it in a small bottle, which he brought back home.
It was very late in the evening when he returned. His sister, Amrit Kaur asked him, “Where had you gone? I have your share of mangoes. Come and eat them.”
Bhagat Singh said to his younger sister, “Leave those mangoes. Come, I will show you something.” There he showed her the bottle which he had brought from the Jallianwala Bagh. Later, he brought some flowers and placed them around the bottle. It was as if he was worshipping that sacred soil.
He drew great inspiration from that soil, which he kept covered with flowers. Such patriotism was steeped into him from such a tender age.