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Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is celebrated with great enthusiasm and enthusiasm throughout India as it holds particular significance for the Sikhs and is considered one of their most auspicious festivals. This celebration celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, their tenth Sikh leader. In honour and remembrance of a great warrior, poet, philosopher, and spiritual master, the day is observed. According to the Georgian calendar, Guru Gobind Singh Ji was born on December 22, 1666, but his birth anniversary is calculated in accordance with the lunar calendar, and this year, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti will be celebrated on January 20. This year is the 354th anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s birth.
The only son of Guru Tegh Bahadur was Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the ninth Sikh guru, and Mata Gujri. His birth name was Gobind Rai and he was born to the Sodhi Khatri family in Patna, Bihar. When he was just nine years of age, Aurangzeb murdered his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, for refusing to convert to Islam. Following the death of his father, Guru Gobind Ji took over as the Sikhs’ leader and protector and continued to fight against the injustices done by the Mughals against his community.
Through his own example, Guru Gobind Ji led the Sikhs; his teachings and philosophy soon gained historical importance in the way of life of the Sikhs. He was responsible for institutionalising the Khalsa, who, after his death and the nine invasions of Punjab, played an important role in protecting the Sikhs. In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh Ji introduced the Khalsa, Kesh-uncut hair of the Five K tradition; Kangha-a wooden comb; Kara-a bracelet of iron or steel worn on the wrist; Kripan-a sword or dagger; and Kacchera-short breeches.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji declared the sacred scripture of Sikhism, Guru Granth Sahib, as the final Sikh guru, in 1708, before his death.
Importance And Celebration
Even today, the teaching and warrior spirit of Guru Gobind Singh Ji holds great importance to the Sikhs. He refused to reply to the Mughal invaders during his time and fought alongside the Khalsa for the protection of his people. The Khalsa followed, under his guidance, a very strict code in accordance with which they lived their lives. To this day, his example inspires individuals and his writings and poetry still encourages individuals around the world.
Sikhs around the world go to Gurudwaras on this day, where prayer meetings in honour of Guru Gobind Singh Ji are held. Many families, which is an important part of the Sikh religion, participate in processions organised by the Gurudwaras, hold kirtans, and do seva. Food is also distributed on this day among the needy and poor.