Worldwide Sikh NRI devotees participate Patna Saheb on the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh from December 30 16 to Jan 05, 2017
During 17th Century when Hindustan was ruled by Mughals all the people were humiliated and were treated like animal. Guruji sacrificed his life for Protection of Hindu religion.
- Gobind Singh, the Tenth Guru of the Sikhs sought to eliminate social discriminations with the establishment of Brotherhood of Saint Soldiers to fight against tyranny and oppression.
- Modi would participate along with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal
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The 350th birth anniversary (Prakash Utsav) of Guru Gobind Singh Maharaj, Takhat Sri Patna Sahib is preparing itself for the event on 05 January 2017. The weeklong birth anniversary celebration would begin on December 30 this year. At least ten lakh devotees from different corners of the world are expected to arrive in Patna.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced three days state holiday on January, 3, 4 and 5- during Prakashotsava to facilitate tourists visiting Patna on the occasion.
During 17th Century when Hindustan was ruled by Mughals all the people were humiliated and were treated like animal. Mughals treated the Hindu women as there own property and were forcing all Hindus to accept Islam and even used to kill the people if they were refusing to accept.
That time our Ninth Guru Sri Guru Teg Bhadarji who came forward, in request of some Kashmir Pandits to fight against all these cruel activities. Guruji told the Mughal emperor if he could succeed in converting him to Islam all the Hindus would accept the same but if he failed, he should stop all those activities . The Mughal emperor happily agreed to that but even after lots of torture to Guruji and his fellow members he failed to convert him to Islam and Guruji along with his other four fellow members who were also tortured for the same sacrificed their lives in Chandni Chowk. Since the Mughals were unable to convert them to Islam they were assassinated.
Thus Guruji sacrificed his life for Protection of Hindu religion. Can anybody lay his life that too for protection of some other religion. This is the reason he is still remembered has Hind Ki Chaddar . For sake of whom he had sacrificed his life, none of the them came forward to lift his body with a fear that they would also be assassinated .
Guru Gobind Singh Seeing this incident our 10th Guruji, Sri Guru Gobind Singhji (Son of Guru Teg Bahadarji) made a resolution that he would make such a human who would not be able to hide himself and could be easily located in thousands,
At the start Sikhs were very less in numbers even though they were fighting against the Mughals emperors. At that time Nadir Shah raided Delhi in the year 1739 and looted Hindustan and was carrying lot of Hindustan treasuresand nearly 2200 Hindu women along with him. The news spread like a fire and was heard by Sardar Jassa Singh who was the Commander of the Sikh army at that time . He decided to attack Nadir Shah's Khafila on the same midnight.
He did so and rescued all the Hindu women and they were safely sent to their homes. It didn't happen only once but thereafter whenever any Abdaalis or Iranis had looted Hindustan and were trying to carry out treasures and
Hindu women along with them for selling them in Abdal markets, the Sikh army quite few in numbers but were bravehearted attacked them in the midnight,12 O'clock and rescued women
The tenth Guru, Siri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, was born in 1666 and became Guru after the martyrdom of his father Guru Tegh Bahadur. He created the Khalsa (The Pure Ones) in 1699, changing the Sikhs into a saint-soldier order with special symbols and sacraments for protecting themselves. He fought many wars against oppression. His four sons also gave their lives in defence of their faith. He died in 1708.
Thus the tree whose seed was planted by Guru Nanak, came to fruition when Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa, and on 3 October 1708, appointed Guru Granth Sahib as the Guru. He commanded: "Let all bow before my successor, Guru Granth. The Word is the Guru now."
- Why do Kashmiri-Pandits (Hindus) give so much respect to Sikhs? ....Dr. Amrit Nehru, Director, Kashmir Hindu Foundation, USA is a human rights activist said, "when Kashmiri Pandits (Kashmiri Hindu Brahmins), approached GuruTegh Bahadur Ji for help and Guru Tegh Bahadur realised that sacrifice is needed to stop the injustice being done in India by the Mughul empror....READ
- Guru Govind Singh Ji was like a storm for the Mughal Oppressors. He moved from place to place fighting the Mughals. Most of his life was spent on horseback. It would proper to say that it was he who kindled the spirit of independence among Indians in Punjab to fight Muslim tyranny. The Sikh religion today has a following of over 20 million people worldwide and is ranked as the worlds 5th largest religion….........READ
Patna adorns the colour of 'pind' for Prakash Parv
Patna, Dec 22, 2016 (IANS) Patna to Patna Saheb has truly turned into a 'mini Punjab' on the 350th birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh which started with the Prakash Parv on Thursday.
By Imran Khan
The Bihar capital has transformed into a special tent city with accommodation of every form packed to its brim till January 7, 2017.
"Patna to Patna Saheb, the birth place of Guru Gobind Singhji, is Mini Punjab for these next ten days thanks to overwhelming response of the devotees," Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agrawal said.
Thousands of Sikh devotees from India and abroad (Britain, the US, Canada, Nepal) have already and booked tents, hotels, guest houses, ashrams and community halls, spread all over.
The state is expecting nearly four to five lakh devotees, mainly Sikh to visit Patna in the coming week.
Top officials from both the government and the Takht of Sri Harmandir Saheb are involved in the preparations for the utsav at Patna Saheb, the main shrine.
More than 60 per cent of the three major tent cities have already been booked by devotees, and we still have over a week to go, Agrawal said.
All the 77 rooms in the posh Hotel Maurya near Gandhi Maidan here, is taken, for the first week in the New Year, Manager Grish Sinha told IANS.
Most of Sinha's guests are from Britain, the US and Canada. "There are guests from India, too, he added.
Like Maurya, all 45 rooms in Hotel Patliputra Ashok, owned by Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) and 60 rooms of Hotel Chanakya, 37 rooms of Hotel Gargee Grand and 50 rooms of Hotel Panache are booked.
"We are inundated with booking requests but can't help. There are no rooms available," Sunil Kumar Singh, an official of Gargee Grand said.
The officials at all these hotels claim to have made special arrangements for their guests comfortable stay.
Three tent cities have been constructed over 62 acres at the sprawling Gandhi Maidan, 12 acres at Kangaan Ghat, and over 65 acres at Malaichak Bypass here by the state.
The district officials estimated that more than 60,000 devotees would be provided accommodation in these tent cities.
The tent city at Gandhi Maidan would house 18,000 to 20,000, the one at the Malaichak Bypass 35,000 and Kangaan Ghaat about 5,000.
The Kangan Ghat beds are, however, reserved for the 'sewadars' from different Gurudwaras.
Over 10,000 devotees from Delhi followed by more than 5,000 from Punjab and 2,500 from Maharashtra will flock Patna.
Close on their hills are many more from Telangana, Karnatka, Assam, Rajasthan, who have have booked in the tent cities.
Devotees from Britain outnumber list of foreign devotees, officials said.
The Bihar Tourism Department on its website has provided a list of 133 hotels and lodges that have over 6,000 rooms and a list of 60 community halls for Sikh devotees.
The main function would be held on January 5, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi would participate along with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and several other Sikh dignitaries from India and abroad.
Earlier, Bihar had announced a three-day holiday during the 'Prakash-Parv' at Takht Harmandir Sahib, the birthplace of the 10th Sikh Guru.
The gurudwara management committee also undertook huge constructions on its campus, Sarjinder Singh, general secretary of the Takht Sri Harmandir Saheb said.
He said all those devotees who failed accomodation elsewhere, would be provided accommodation in over 70 schools and other places here.
The Takht has four guest-hosues with nearly 250 rooms, while the Baal Leela Gurdwara has 225 rooms, he added.
Takht Sri Harmandirji Sahib, widely known as Patna Sahib, was about 10 km from Patna and was built in the 1950s over the remains of a structure erected by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Guru Gobind Singh was born in 1666 to Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru and Mata Gujri. He was formally installed as the leader of the Sikhs at the age of nine, becoming the last of the living Sikh Gurus.