Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is one of the most important Sikh festival that is celebrated among the community with much reverence.
It is a pious occasion which commemorates the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of Sikhs.
He was born on December 22nd 1666 (Poh Sudi Saptami) at Patna Sahib, Bihar and his birthday is marked by prayers and other religious observances across India.
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India will celebrate ‘Prakash Parv’ of Guru Gobind Singh on 25th December 2017 as per Hindu Calendar. It is the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh this year.
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ABOUT GURU GOBIND SINGH
Guru Gobind Singh was the tenth and the last guru of Sikhs. He was the son of the ninth guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur and Mata Gujri and was born in Patna where he spend the first four years of his childhood.
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He was proclaimed the tenth guru of Sikhs in 1676 on the occasion of Vaisakhi. Guru Gobind Singh became the Guru at such an early age as his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, refused to convert to Islam and was beheaded by the Mughal king Aurangzeb.
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Guru Gobind Singh was an expert in martial arts, archery and horse riding. He also wrote a book titled ‘Chandi Di Vaar’ in Punjabi which elaborates on the war between good and bad.
SIGNIFICANCE OF GURU GOBIND SINGH JAYANTI
The day of Guru Gobind Singh Birth Anniversary is an extremely important day and festival among Sikhs. The life and philosophies of Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji has a deep impact on the lives of the people in the Sikh community.
His utmost devotion to the almighty, his bravery and fearlessness and his sole aim to protect the weak from being oppressed led him to lay the foundation of Khalsa.
Khalsa is a military of saint soldiers which was institutionalised by him to protect his people from any kind of invasion and oppression.
Khalsa played a prominent role in protecting Punjab from nine invasions long after the death of Guru Gobind Singh. He also baptized five men from lower castes as his five beloved bestowing them with courage.
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Guru Gobind Singh ji was a brave warrior who fought against the Mughals. He instilled courage among his devotees and motivated them to fight against Mughal oppression.
His teachings influenced people immensely to live a moral life and based on values.
He was not only a military leader but a spiritual guide as well.
His guidance has inspired many to lead a spiritual, courageous and disciplined life.
He died in 1708 and prior to his death, he declared Guru Granth Sahib, Sikh holy scripture as the permanent Sikh guru.
He proclaimed that the life of every devoted Sikh will be guided through this holy book.