Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is a Sikh festival, celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji (the tenth Sikh Guru). On this religious day, people offer prayers for good health & prosperity. As per the Gregorian calendar, the birthday of Guru Gobind Ji sometimes falls in December and sometimes in January. This year Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti will be celebrated on 20th January (Wednesday). The teachings of Guru Gobind Ji have a big impact on Sikhs. During his life, he always stood against Mughals and fought against injustice.
GURU GOBIND SINGH JAYANTI: HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
At the age of just 9 years old, he became the leader of the Sikhs by succeeding his father Guru Tegh Bahadur. There were so many great contributions made by him like initiating the Khalsa order, which is an honest law of spiritual discipline. He even started the tradition of covering the hair with a turban. He guided and inspired people by his teachings and thus people celebrate his birth anniversary with special prayers, great enthusiasm and more. Guru Gobind Ji was the last of the living Sikh Gurus and he passed the Guruship to the Guru Granth Sahib (sacred Book of the Sikhs) before dying. So, the Guru Granth Sahib is the Eleventh and Eternal Guru of Sikhs.
Guru Gobind Singh was the last of the living Sikh Gurus, and before he left his earthly life, he passed the Guruship of the Sikhs to the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred Book of the Sikhs. The Granth Sahib then became the Eleventh and Eternal Sikh Guru.
Every year, on this day large processions are held at various places where people sing poetry or devotional songs. At the time of procession, sharbat and delicious sweets are distributed among children and adults. On this day, the Gurudwaras are beautifully decorated with flowers and lights. Special prayer gatherings are also organized to remember the Guru Gobind Singh Ji and his teachings on his birthday. The celebration doesn’t end with just this; people also prepare many special dishes which are unique to this festival. The food is prepared in the Gurudwara’s kitchen for the people paying their respect on this day no matter which caste or religion they belong to. All the devotees gather together and recite the Guru Granth Sahib before serving the food. Various local delicacies are prepared on this day which includes Holige (sweet bread), Ugadi Pachadi (sweet), Puliyogare (tamarind rice dish) and sour chutney.
HOW TO CELEBRATE GURU GOBIND SINGH JAYANTI DURING PANDEMIC?
However, this year the celebration might not be grand but you can still make it the best one. Here are some ideas that you can implement to celebrate Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti this year.
• Wear traditional attire and go to the nearby Gurudwara with your family to pray for peace and prosperity.
• Narrate the story behind celebrating Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti to the kids in your family.
• Sing poetries and devotional songs written on the Guru Granth Sahib.
• Prepare sweet dish including Karha Parshad and distribute them among your friends and relatives.