Celebrated In: India
Guru Hargobind Singh Jayanti is a Sikh festival that is celebrated to commemorate the birth of the 6th Guru of the Sikh. His birth anniversary is celebrated by the Sikh community with great enthusiasm all over the World.
Guru Hargobind Sahib carried two swords which are the symbols of shakti (power) and bhakti (meditation). One sword was called ‘Piri’ that was for Spiritual authority and the other for martial Power called ‘Miri’. Riding, hunting, wrestling and scores of other martial sports were introduced. Dhadd-players used to sing the martial songs like ‘Vars’ to motivate the Sikhs of heroic deeds.
Thus, Sikhs became a military force and always continuously on feet to safeguard their independence.
Guru Sahib gave preaching and praying to the Sikhs and discussions were held on the problems of the Sikh nation. It was insisted that they should resolve their own disputes on their own thus contributed in strengthening the Sikh nation.
Thousands of Sikhs visit the Golden Temple to celebrate the ordination day or ‘Gurgaddi Divas’ of Guru Hargobind Sahib on Guru Hargobind Jayanti. Devotees take a dip into the lake surrounding the most revered Golden Temple; they consider the water of river equal to nectar