Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti: History, importance and Facts
Guru Gobind Rai, who later became Guru Gobind Singh is the tenth Sikh Guru. He lived for forty-two years. He was born in Patna, India and he breathed his last in Nanded, India where the Gurudwara of Hazoor Sahib is established. His father was Guru Teg Bahadur and his mother was Mata Gujri. His wives were Mata Jeeto, Mata Sundari and Mata Sahib Kaur. He had four sons Ajit Singh, Gujhar Singh, Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh.
Young Gobind Rai, the son of Guru Teg Bahadur was only nine years of age at the time of his father's confinement, torture and death. The experience impacted him very deeply. In the coming years, the Sikhs would be called on, again and again, to fight Aurangazeb's forces and protect the people from religious bigotry and persecution.
To create a society of people willing to lay down their lives to protect the dignity and divinity of humanity, Guru Gobind Rai, through the guidance of the Creator gave the Sikhs Amrit.
He took the Amrit from the hands of his own Sikhs and was reborn as Guru Gobind Singh. The order of the Khalsa was established - a group of men and women dedicated to living in equality and peace, but willing to fight and lay down their lives to protect themselves and others from injustice and tyranny.
His two sons died in the fight. The two younger sons were captured by a governor in league with Aurangazeb.
Despite losing two children, Guru Gobind Singh stayed surrendered to the will of divine. When a few of his Sikhs attempted to gather the bodies of his sons, he asked them what they were doing? They replied that they want to give his sons a proper burial. Guru Gobind Singh asked them to gather the bodies, for all the boys and men lying on the battlefield are his sons.
During his life, the Adi Granth compiled his great grandfather was lost. It was when he set up a camp and dictated the entire Adi Granth from his memory. He included in it the songs of his father. The result was the creation of Siri Guru Granth Sahib.
At the end of his life, in 1708, he passed on the mantle of his guruship to the Siri Guru Granth Sahib. This marked the end of physical gurus of the Sikhs and began the reign of Shabad Guru itself as the Spiritual light and guide for Sikh community.
The team of The Pink Comrade remembers Guru Gobind Singh on his birth anniversary .