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Guru Gobind Jayanti

Guru Gobind Jayanti

Gobind Singh Ji was born in Patna Sahib in 1966 on the Saptami date of Shukla Paksha of Paush month. The Sikh community celebrates this day as the Prakash Parv of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. There is light in Gurudwaras on this day. People offer prayers with Ardas, Bhajans, Kirtans. In the morning, Prabhat Pheri is taken out in the city. Langar is also organized. Guru Gobind Singh's mother's name was Gujari and their father's name was Guru Tegh Bahadur. Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji was the 9th Guru of the Sikhs. The family members fondly called the boy Gobind by the name of Gobind Rai. Guru Gobind Singh Ji's childhood was spent in Patna. There he used to play games like arrow and archery, artificial warfare with children in his childhood. 

Because of this, the children started considering him as Sardar. He had got knowledge of languages ​​like Hindi, Sanskrit, Persian, Brij, etc. After the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji in November 1675, Gobind Singh Ji took the throne of his father at the age of 09. He was a fearless warrior. It has been written about his bravery- "Watch one and a half lakh birds, so I will tame the eagle, then where should I name Gobind Singh". It was Guru Gobind Ji who founded the Khalsa Panth. He asked every Sikh to wear a kirpan or Shrisahib. He had given the Khalsa speech "Waheguru Ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji's victory". He made it mandatory for Sikhs to have 'five kaka hairstyle, Kada, kirpan, kanga, and kachcha.

Significance of Guru Gobind Jayanti

Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s teaching and warrior spirit hold great importance to the Sikhs even today. During his time, he refused to answer to the Mughal invaders and fought alongside the Khalsa for the protection of his people. Under his guidance, the Khalsa followed a very strict code, by which they lived their lives. His example inspires people to this day and his writings and poetry still encourage people around the world.

On this day, Sikhs around the world go to Gurudwaras where prayer meetings are organized in honor of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Many families participate in processions organized by the Gurudwaras, hold kirtans, and do Seva, which is a significant part of the Sikh religion. Food is also distributed among the needy and poor on this day.