Join Sikhs in celebrating the birth of Guru Gobindh Singh
Sikhs are celebrating the birth anniversary of the tenth Guru, Gobindh Singh, spiritual master, warrior, poet, and philosopher.
Guru Gobind Singh, born Gobind Rai, was the tenth Sikh Guru, a spiritual master, warrior, poet, and philosopher. When his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, was beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam, Guru Gobind Singh was formally installed as the leader of the Sikhs at age nine, becoming the tenth Sikh Guru. His four sons died during his lifetime – two in battle, two executed by the Mughal army.
Among his notable contributions to Sikhism are founding the Sikh warrior community called Khalsa in 1699 and introducing the Five Ks, the five articles of faith that Khalsa Sikhs wear at all times. Guru Gobind Singh is credited with the Dasam Granth whose hymns are a sacred part of Sikh prayers and Khalsa rituals. He is also credited as the one who finalized and enshrined the Guru Granth Sahib as Sikhism’s primary scripture and eternal Guru.
The day is celebrated all over India, predominantly within the Sikh community. People usually pray for the prosperity and well-being of fellow people. Reading and listening sessions of Guru Gobind’s poetry is a common practice on this day. Discussions on Guru Gobind’s life also take place in Sikh communities spread all over the world.Tags: holy day, Sikhs