5th January 2017 (Thursday)
Nanakshahi calendar , celebrates birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh on the 5th of January every year. Born in Patna city in Bihar, this chivalrous soldier was called Gobind Rai. A saint yet a soldier, this great Guru was the leader of the faith. The birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh is celebrated throughout the world. Sikhs offer prayers to their beloved Guru on his birthday.
|Guru Gobind Singh Birthday Calendar|
Guru Gobind Singh's father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, who gave away his life to protect the rights of his community and save them from the treats of Muslim conversion. The great warrior was born during this time of cruelty and misfortune of the Hindus under the terror of the Muslim rule. People were too terrorized to rise against the political situation and the unfortunate tortures in form of abduction, conversion or death threats and loot of property and honor. At an early age, rose the chivalrous leader, Guru Gobind Singh, to put an end to all of these. He made an army of his own and rose strongly as a spiritual and military leader.
In the year 1699, he chose five of his favorite disciples to make them Models of Khalsa. The Khalsa's were main force behind the threat caused to uproot the Mughal dynasty in India. "Sikh Khalsa" was established by him. This was a marked event in the history of Sikhism and something unique that any Sikh Guru had ever done. The ‘Khalsa' permitted the Sikhs to fight for their rights and against evil. The ‘Khalsa' are known for having strict spiritual rules and guidelines. Guru Gobind Singh spread his ideologies for the same and he fought against the Mughal emperors and other rulers. Guru Gobind Singh was not only a saint, but also a philosopher and poet. He was a skilled horseman and was known for his generous nature. The holy book of Guru Grant Sahib was declared to be the holy book of Sikhs later, by the tenth Sikh Guru. He himself being a scholar had several sayings, which were collected in Dasam Granth.
World over, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is celebrated with great enthusiasm. On this day Sikhs read scriptures, visit Gurudwaras and have religious ceremonies remembering the Sikh Guru and his words. On Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti, there are huge processions too, which often begins from the Gurudwaras.