Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti 2024: Date, Significance, Celebration, Teachings, and Contribution

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Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti 2024

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is an auspicious day for Sikhs when the Sikh community celebrates the birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. He was born on 22 December 1666 in Patna, Bihar. Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is celebrated twice a year either in January or in December. This year, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is celebrated on 17 January 2024 on Wednesday. Stay tuned to learn more about the 10th Sikh Guru!

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When is Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti in 2024?

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is celebrated on 17 January 2024. This year is the 357th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji who inspired the Sikh community and fought against the Mughal Empire and the kings of Siwalik Hills. 

Name of the eventGuru Gobind Singh Jayanti 2024
Date17 January 2024
Saptami Tithi Start16 January 2024 (11:57 PM)
Saptami Tithi ends17 January 2024 (10:06 PM)

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About Guru Gobind Singh Ji 

Source: BBC News Hindi

Guru Gobind Singh Ji is the last and the tenth Guru of the Sikh community who devoted his life to the freedom of his religion. He was a poet, warrior, and philosopher who was born on 16 December 1666 in Patna Bihar, in the Sodhi Clan of the Punjabi Khatri family. 

He was the son of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur and Mata Gujri. In 1675, only at the age of 9, he became the leader of the Sikh community after the death of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji. His father was executed by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. 

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Significance of Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

Guru Gobind Singh Ji is the symbol of strength and devotion. He fought relentlessly to safeguard his community and the Sikh religion. Guru Gobind Singh fought 21 battles against the Mughal Empire and the kings of Siwalik Hills. He dedicated his entire life to preaching for peace, justice, and equality

He formed the Khalsa community that fought for preserving and safeguarding their religion from Mughal invasion. 

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
Source: Indian Defense Review

One of the most heartbreaking battles fought by him and his sons was the Battle of Chamkaur which is also known as the Second Battle of Chamkaur or Battle of Chamkaur Sahib. That battle was fought between the Khalsa community and the Mughal forces led by Wazir Khan. 

Guru Gobind Singh lost his sons in the battle of Chamkaur. 

He does not believe in superstitious beliefs and has faith in only one God. His followers still follow the 5 K’s – Kanga (Comb), Kesh (Uncut Hair), Kacchera (undergarment), Kara (Bracelet), and Kripan (Sword). Every Sikh has the ritual to keep these five things with him/her. 

He also asked his followers and the entire Sikh Community to consider Guru Granth Sahi as the sacred holy text of Sikhism. All his contributions are remembered on the occasion of Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti.

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How is Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Celebrated? 

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is celebrated with great pomp, especially in Punjab. People pray for the prosperity of their fellow beings and do charity. Apart from this, hymns, and Guru Granth Sahib path is also done in Gurudwaras. Gurudwara also conducts reading and listening sessions of Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s poetries. Langar is also served in Gurudwaras. 

Teachings of Guru Gobind Sahib

Listed below are the teachings of the 10th Sikh Guru:

  • AlwaysKeep a promise
  • Kisi di ninda, chugli, atai irkha nai karna (Don’t do Backbiting)
  • To reduce the burden and not be poor
  • Memorizing Gurbani
  • Giving tithes (Donate/Charity)

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Contribution of Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Here are some of the remarkable contributions of the last Guru of the Sikh community:

  1. He composed Jaap Sahib.
  2. Completed Guru Granth Sahib.
  3. Dasma Granth was also written by him.
  4. He established Khalsa Panth in 1699.
  5. Chandi Character was also written by Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
  6. He wrote the Zafarnamah to the Mughal Emperor of India Aurangzeb in 1705.

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Why Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti celebrated twice a year?

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is celebrated twice a year because his birthday is calculated as per the Hindu Bikrami calendar based on the lunar calendar. It usually falls either in December or in January.

Is Guru Govind Jayanti a national holiday?

Guru Gobind Jayanti is not a national holiday, but it is a restricted holiday.

What is the real date of Guru Gobind Singh’s birthday?

Guru Gobind Singh Ji was born on 22 December 1666 in Patna, Bihar. But his birthday is celebrated twice a year because as per the Gregorian calendar, his birthday falls either in December or in January. 

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