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Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

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Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti (also spelled Govind Singh) is a Sikh festival that commemorates the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. It is a religious celebration in which prayers for prosperity are offered.

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti for 2017 will be celebrated on 05 January.




Guru Gobind Singh was the 10th Sikh Guru of Nanak. He was born at Patna, Bihar, India, on December 22, 1666. His birthday sometimes falls either in December or January or even both months in the Gregorian calendar. The annual celebration of the Guru's birthday is based on the Nanakshahi calendar.

Guru Gobind Singh was the son of Guru Tegh Bahadur, who gave his life to protect religious freedom. He succeeded his father when he became a Guru at nine years of age. Guru Gobind Singh's teachings have a big impact on Sikhs. In his lifetime, he stood against the Mughal Rulers and fought against injustice. In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh took five men from the lower caste of society and baptized them as His Five Beloveds, endowing them with great courage and a devotion to God. It was his dedication to God, his fearlessness and his desire to protect the people from being oppressed that led Guru Gobind Singh to establish the Khalsa, a military force of saint-soldiers which he baptized.

Under Guru Gobind Singh's guidance and inspiration, the Khalsa followed a strict moral code and spiritual discipline. It was through his courage that the people rose against the oppression of the Mughal ruler in India at the time. Aside from being a spiritual and a military leader Guru Gobind Singh was also a gifted writer who penned a large body of literary work. Before his death in 1708, he declared the Guru Granth Sahib, which is Sikhism's Holy Scripture to be the permanent Sikh Guru.
 

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I prefer to call "prakash purb" or "gurpurb" rather than the hinduized "jayanti" .
Infact this time everyone in india too called it "prakash utsav"

If a wuss like me can be even 0.0001% of guru sahib's qualities, I will consider myself lucky
 

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I prefer to call "prakash purb" or "gurpurb" rather than the hinduized "jayanti" .
Infact this time everyone in india too called it "prakash utsav"

If a wuss like me can be even 0.0001% of guru sahib's qualities, I will consider myself lucky
Jayanti /gurpurb why prefer one over the other? Is gurpurb panjabi?
 

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Jayanti /gurpurb why prefer one over the other? Is gurpurb panjabi?
I think its about preserving punjabi language and culture, rather that assimilating to hindu influences. Language does help to preserve a people.
 

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I think its about preserving punjabi language and culture, rather that assimilating to hindu influences. Language does help to preserve a people.
I see your point the gurus themselves wrote in different languages and whilst sikhi originated in panjab I don't think we should politicise everything and jayanti to gurpurb feels like a battle that doesn't need to be fought.
 
Surely it's a non-issue?
 

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Also keep in mind that Sikhi is not limited to only Punjabis. The religion is not the culture. They are two separate entities..... similarly Punjabis are not limited to only the Sikh religion.
 

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The shabd under discussion in this article is composed by Guru Teg Bahadur ji and is contained on Page 633 of the SGGS. The complete shabd is as follows:

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