High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Wadda Ghalughara (Punjabi for "the great massacre or holocaust") was the mass killing of the Sikhs by Muslims that happened during the years of Afghan influence in Punjab region owing the repeated incursions of Ahmad Shah Abdali in 1764. AS such, it is distinguished from the Chhotaa Ghallooghaaraa ("the lesser massacre or holocaust").AN estimated 25,000-30,000 Sikhs died in this massacre, up to one-third or half of the Sikh population at the time.THe Sikh holocausts were not pogroms in the sense of the killing of masses of defenseless people. SInce the martyrdom of the fifth Sikh Master, Guru Arjun in 1606, Sikhs have known the use of arms and the need of self-defense. THey are called Ghallooghaaraa because of the wholesale slaughter of the innocent, with the intention of genocide. THe first holocaust was a dramatic and bloody massacre during the Afghan provincial government's campaign to wipe out the Sikhs, an offensive that had begun with the Mughals and lasted several decades.