Guru Govind Singh Jayanti(5th January 2017) is dedicated to 10th Sikh Guru Nanak Govind Singh’s birthday. He was born on December 22, 1666, at Patna. The annual celebration of the Guru’s birthday is based on the Hindu Lunar calendar. This is an important festival for Sikh Religion. This Special day witnessed large rally & special prayers gathering in Gurudwaras. Special free langar is distributed in Gurudwaras & people volunteered themselves for the services in memory of the tenth Guru.
Guru Govind Singh became Nanak (Sikh Guru) at nine years of age; when his father Guru Tegh Bahadur sacrificed his life to protect the religious freedom of Hindus. He followed his father’s footsteps and became one of the greatest spiritual leader and warriors of ancient India. He fought fourteen wars against Mughal Empire with great objectives like neither out of a wish for revenge nor for greed nor for any destructive goals. His four sons died during his lifetime in Mughal-Sikh wars; two in battle, two executed by the Mughal army. Guru Govind Singh established “Khalsa” followed a strict moral code and spiritual discipline. Apart from spiritual & military leadership; he was a gifted poet & philosopher. He wrote lots of devotional and inspirational songs to motivate Sikhs against injustice. He declared the Guru Granth Sahib as Sikhism’s Holy Scripture to be the permanent Sikh Guru.
In Guru Govind Singh Jayanti; thousands of devotees assemble in Golden Temple (holiest Gurudwara of Sikhism)of Amritsar to participate in prayers and sing devotional songs in the memory of their one of the greatest Sikh Guru.