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Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

Posted on December 30, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment

Festivals in India are a reason to get together and come out with a need to socialize. Sometimes festivals are observed to revere great heroes and leaders and spiritual heads who have made us what we are. The Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is one such festival that is observed to revere the Sikh Guru of the same name. This day is the birthday of the tenth and the last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. There are innumerable prayer meetings and processions held on occasion of this Sikh festival.

Guru Gobind Singh is the tenth and the last Sikh Guru who was born at a place called Patna Sahib in the year 1666 which is regarded as the Poh Sudi Saptami amongst the Sikhs. Normally his birthday either falls in December or in the month of January. Sometimes it falls twice in a year as the date is calculated as per the Bikrami Calendar. This calendar is based on the lunar calendar. In 2012, the date falls on January 5. This is as per the Nanakshahi calendar.

Guru Gobind Singh

Guru Gobind Singh took birth when the world was in absolute doldrums. Guru Tegh Bahadur, his father was remembered by all for having laid down his life to protect the Hindus who were asking for the right to worship freely. They were facing the wrath of the Muslim rulers who were trying to convert them. Women were being abducted, and goods were being ransacked. Overall the entire society in general was facing a lot of turbulence. The people on the other hand had lost their confidence and were too scared to even put up a fight. Amidst such conditions, took birth Guru Gobind Singh who became a Saint and a political leader too. He took up the task of imbibing spirituality in the society and it is only his intense devotion to God that gave him the strength to carry on without any hesitation. It was like he had taken an oath to protect all the people from any kind of oppression and also injustice. He did this with great dedication and started practicing the art of Kshatradharma.

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

In the year 1699, Guru Gobind Singh initiated five people as his five beloveds. Strangely enough, these five men were from the lower castes. He blessed them with a lot of brave skills and also taught them how to get closer to God. Thus these five blessed people gradually became the role models for the group that Guru Gobind Singh had created – The Khalsa which is an Order of the Pure. This Khalsa was a group that had protection of society against injustice as its main agenda. The Khalsa were subjected to a very rigid discipline pattern and progressed a great deal under the able guidance and encouragement of Guru Gobind Singh. This actually resulted in turning the table against the Mughals in India who were oppressing the Hindus a lot.

Guru Gobind Singh was not only an intelligent leader with a great foresight but also a great artist. He had many poets in his court and these poets were encouraged to make many compositions of the spiritual kind and all these resulted in inducing a united and martial spirit amongst the people.

Such collections and more are stored in the Guru Granth Sahib which the Sikhs read as their holy book.

In this manner, the Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is a day when we revere this Great Sikh leader.

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