Celebrations & Rituals Of Guru Govind Singh Jayanti
Guru Govind Singh Jayanti being one of the most important festivities among the Sikhs, they celebrate it with great grandeur. Let’s talk about the importance of their last Sikh Guru – Guru Govind Singh. Because of his huge contribution towards Sikhism, the tenth guru is considered as the eternal guru. Guru Gobind Singh had established a book Guru Granth Sahib, which is followed by the Sikhs even today. Guru Govind Singh always carried his two swords, which are known as 'Piri' and Miri'. Both these swords denote Shakti and Bhakti.
On this eve large processions are carried out on the streets. People sing devotional songs dedicated to the Guru during the procession. They share sweets, drinks and Prasad among the general public. The festival is celebrated by bursting crackers, lighting diyas and lamps in people’s houses and Gurudwaras around by most Sikhs.
The Gurudwaras are the best place to view as they appear all lit up. On this day the Gurudwaras organised processions and special prayers. The gurus chant historical lectures and poems for the followers which praise the contributions of Guru Govind Singh. The prasad of Ugadi/Gudi Padwa is the bitter leaves of the neem tree with jaggery. During this day, local delicacies like Puligore (tamarind rice dish) and Holige, which is sweet bread accompanied by Ugadi Pachadi (sweet and sour chutney made of neem flowers, raw mango, tamarind and type of sugar jiggery), are made and shared to everyone you know in abundance. There are special foods prepared for this festival. Prakash Utsav is another name for this festival. The Gurudwara prepares food for all the visitors, irrespective of their religion, caste or creed. This is called Langar where many people are provided food for free. Before serving the food, all the Sikhs get together and recite the Guru Grantha Sahib. Special gatherings for prayer are also held at the worship place - Gurudwara.
Amritsar which has the major population of Sikhs, witnesses the most pompous festivity on this day. Hundreds thousands of devotees and pilgrims throng Amritsar's Golden Temple. In northern India, tourists prefer visiting the Golden Temple as a major attraction.