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Join Sikhs in celebrating the birth of Guru Gobindh Singh

A devotee lights earthen lamps at Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the tenth Sikh leader Guru Gobind Singh, in Amritsar
Sikhs are celebrating the birth anniversary of the tenth Guru, Gobindh Singh, spiritual master, warrior, poet, and philosopher.
Sikh devotees perform martial arts ‘Gatka’ during ‘Nagar Kirtan’ procession on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of Sikh religion, in Patna.

Blessings of your teachers and almighty cannot be taken for granted. These are only with you until you do good deeds.

Guru Gobind Singh

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.

Young members of the Sikh community sweep a road with broom ahead of a procession on the occasion of Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary in Kolkata.

As a Sikh you cannot forgo the option of doing good for society at large. Do good, even if it takes your life away

— Guru Gobind Singh

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.

God is one, but he has innumerable forms. He is the creator of all and He himself takes the human form.

Guru Gobind Singh

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.

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