Date published: January 05, 2018
Happy Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
Today is the Birthday (Jayanti) of Guru Gobind Singh, an important date in the Sikh Calendar.
Guru Govind Singh was born in 1666 and was the tenth and last of the Sikh Nanak Gurus. It is a day when prayers are offered for prosperity. In countries with large Sikh populations, large processions make their way through town centres singing devotional songs, sharing sweets and cold drinks. At the Gurudwara’s special prayers are recited; in the home special dishes are prepared and in educational establishments, historical lectures take place.
The Guru gave his life to protect religious freedom – he fought against the injustices of the Mogul rulers, fought the caste system and established the Khalsa, a military force of saint-scholars.