Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti (also spelled Govind Singh) is a Sikh festival that commemorates the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. January 5, 2017 is the date of celebration.
Guru Gobind Singh was the 10th Sikh Guru of Nanak. He was born at Patna, Bihar, India, on December 22, 1666. His birthday sometimes falls either in December or January or even both months in the Gregorian calendar. The annual celebration of the Guru’s birthday is based on the Nanakshahi calendar.
Guru Gobind Singh was the son of Guru Tegh Bahadur, who gave his life to protect religious freedom. He succeeded his father when he became a Guru at nine years of age. Guru Gobind Singh’s teachings have a big impact on Sikhs. In his lifetime, he stood against the Mughal Rulers and fought against injustice. In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh took five men from the lower caste of society and baptized them as His Five Beloveds, endowing them with great courage and a devotion to God. It was his dedication to God, his fearlessness and his desire to protect the people from being oppressed that led Guru Gobind Singh to establish the Khalsa, a military force of saint-soldiers which he baptized.
Under Guru Gobind Singh’s guidance and inspiration, the Khalsa followed a strict moral code and spiritual discipline. It was through his courage that the people rose against the oppression of the Mughal ruler in India at the time. Aside from being a spiritual and a military leader Guru Gobind Singh was also a gifted writer who penned a large body of literary work. Before his death in 1708, he declared the Guru Granth Sahib, which is Sikhism’s Holy Scripture to be the permanent Sikh Guru.
Government of India under Narendra Modi have allocated a sum of Rs 100 crore to celebrate Birth Anniversary of Shree Guru Govind Singh across India. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced the same in his Budget Speech. Importance of Patna, Bihar is there as Govind ji was born there and So Nitish Kumar, CM of Bihar too join hands with Central Government and change the complete outlook of Patna Sahib Guru Govind Singh Gurudwara in order to celebrate his Birth Anniversary in a grand fashion.
It’s a matter of pride for all Indians to celebrate birth anniversary of a warrior this land produced. He is inspiration for all. Sikhs in lakhs of numbers are reaching to Patna, Bihar to join this celebration.
Remember the Date – It’s January 5, 2017
You can see fascinating pictures of Patna Sahib and Gandhi Maidan where Birth Anniversary is going to be celebrated.
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