Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Celebration Date
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Celebration Date in 2019: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Celebration Date in 2020: Thursday, January 2, 2020
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Celebration Date in 2021: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Every year Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. The Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti 2021 date is Wednesday, January 20.
A brief history:
Guru Gobind Singh Ji was born in the beautiful city of Patna, Bihar, India on January 5, 1666. He was the 10th Guru of Nanak. His birthday date comes in either December or January or both according to the Georgian calendar. Nanakshahi calendar decides the annual celebration day of Guru’s birthday.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji was the son of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, who are known to have given their lives to protect the freedom of religion. At a small age of 9, Guru Gobind Singh Ji succeeded his father and became a Guru. His teachings have known to have given a big impact on Sikhs. Throughout his life, Guru Gobind Singh Ji stood against the rulers of the Mughal empire and fought against their injustice.
In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh Ji took 5 men from the societies to lower caste people and baptized them as his five beloveds, it endowed them with courage and great devotion to God. His desire to protect the oppressed and his fearlessness led him to establish the Khalsa, a military If Saint soldiers, baptized by him. Under Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s inspiration and guidance, Khalsa followed a spiritual discipline and a strict moral code. This courage was the reason, people at that time were able to stand against the oppression of the Mughal empire. He is said to have fought 13 battles against Mughals and kings of Siwalik Hills.
Apart from being a military leader and a spiritual leader, Guru Gobind Singh Ji was also a gifted writer. He penned down great literary work. Before his death in 1708, he declared Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikhism to act as a permanent Sikh Guru. He believed that war must be waged as a last resort, not for revenge, greed, or destruction.
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Importance and Significance:
The question arises, why do we celebrate Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti? For the followers of Sikhism all over the world, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is an important festival. There are a number of events that are being marked with this anniversary, which includes offering prayers for prosperity and peace, along with ‘Prabhat Pheris’. Devotees gather and sing bhajans at the break of dawn. The small processions in the neighbourhood showcase the vibrant culture and martial arts of the Sikh society, alongside the singing of devotional songs.