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PAYING OBEISANCE TO 40,000 SIKH MARTYRS WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES ON FEB 5, 1762 FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEF (VADDA GHALLUGHARA - THE BIGGER HOLOCAUST)

Ahmad Shah Abdali was a poor pathan who by enhancing his power after conquering Kandhar, brought Balkh, Sindh, Punjab and Kashmir under his control. He invaded India eight times during 1747 to 1767 and his sixth invasion which he undertook on February 5, 1762 was to annihilate the Sikhs. During this invasion his Afghan army joined by Mughal army of Sirhind and Malerkotla killed approximately 40,000 Sikhs in a single day i.e. February 5, 1762. These three armies simultaneously attacked Sikhs at different places in and around the villages Kup-Rahira in District Sangrur of Punjab. During this invasion to annihilate the Sikhs Abdali launched a large scale massacre which is termed as Vadda Ghallughara.

PAYING OBEISANCE TO SRI GURU HAR RAI SAHIB ON HIS 393 rd BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib (1630-1661) the seventh Guru of the Sikh faith was born on January 16, 1630 at Kiratpur Sahib in District Ropar of Punjab. He was the son of Baba Gurditta Ji (1613-1638) and grandson of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib (1595-1644) the sixth Guru of the Sikh faith. This year his birth anniversary is being celebrated on February 3 all over the world.

An Unprescedented Martyrdom: Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh JI

The martyrdom of Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji, the two younger sons of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the Tenth Master of the Sikhs, born to Mata Jito Ji, which took place on December 12, 1705 is an unprecedented event and a major landmark in the history of Sikhs. Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji, born on 17 November 1696 and 25 February, 1699 respectively at Anandpur Sahib, District Ropar, Punjab, following the foot-steps of their paternal grandfather Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, the Ninth Sikh Guru sacrificed their lives for upholding a person's right to freedom of religion.

SARBANS DANEE : SRI GURU GOBIND SINGH JI

Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji (1666-1708) the Tenth Master of the Sikhs, reverently known as 'Sarbans Danee' i.e. a person who sacrificed his 'sarbans' (whole family) for helping the oppressed and protecting a person's right to profess the religion of his own choice. He was born the only son of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib and Mata Gujri Ji on Poh Sudi 7 (23 Poh) Saturday, 1723 Bikrimi i.e. 22 December, 1666 at Patna Sahib, Bihar.

BABA DIP SINGH JI SHAHID : A GREAT LIBERATOR OF RELIGIOUS PLACES

Holding a khanda (double-edged sword) in his right hand and his severed head in his left hand Baba Dip Singh Ji (1682-1757) sacrified his life fighting against oppression for the liberation of Sri Harimandar Sahib, Amritsar. He was born on January 26, 1682 in Pahuwind village, which is 40 kms south-west of Amritsar and falls in District Tarn Taran of Punjab. His parents Bhai Bhagta Ji and Mata Jiuni Ji were very religious minded. They nick-named him as ‘Deepa’. His father belonged to Kharra sub-caste of Jat Sikhs and was a farmer.

PAYING OBEISANCE TO BHAGAT NAMDEV JI ON HIS 752nd BIRTH ANNIVERSARY (NOV. 4, 2022)

Bhagat Namdev Ji received the gurhati (the first food ritually given to a new-born baby) from his father. He spent the early years of his life in worshipping Shiv Ji and Vishnu Ji. But later on in the company of Vishobha Khechar Ji and Gyandev Ji he attained spiritual knowledge and changed his views. He adopted Vishobha Khechar Ji as his Guru. Out of his life span of 80 years he spent a large part in Pandharpur also called Pundrikpur in District Sholapur of Maharashtra. At Pandharpur several persons became his disciples.

BABA DIP SINGH JI SHAHID : A GREAT LIBERATOR OF RELIGIOUS PLACES

Holding a khanda (double-edged sword) in his right hand and his severed head in his left hand Baba Dip Singh Ji (1682-1757) sacrified his life fighting against oppression for the liberation of Sri Harimandar Sahib, Amritsar. He was born on January 26, 1682 in Pahuwind village, which is 40 kms south-west of Amritsar and falls in District Tarn Taran of Punjab. His parents Bhai Bhagta Ji and Mata Jiuni Ji were very religious minded. They nick-named him as ‘Deepa’. His father belonged to Kharra sub-caste of Jat Sikhs and was a farmer.

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ਸ੍ਰੀ ਑ੁਯੂਨਾਨਏ ਦ੃ਵ ਖੀ, ਸਸ੍ਿੱ ਐ ਧਯਭ ਦ੃ਫਾਨੀ, ਸ੍ੰ ਸ੍ਾਯ ਸਵਿੱ ਔੋਂਹਨੇ ਯਾ ਦੂਯ ਏਯ ਏ੃ਔਾਨਣ ਪ੄ਰਾਉਣ ਵਾਰ੃਩੄਑ੰ ਫਯ ਦਾ ਖਨਭ 1469 ਈ. ਸਵਔ ਦ੃ਸ੍ੀ ਭਹੀਨੇ ਏਿੱ ਤਏ ਦੀ ਩ੂਯਨਭਾਸੀ ਨੂੰ ਫ੃ਦੀ ਐਿੱਤਯੀ ਭਸਹਤਾ ਏਾਰੂਖੀ ਦ੃਒ਯ ਭਾਤਾ ਸਤਰ਩ਤਾ ਖੀ ਦੀ ਏੁਿੱ ਐੋਂਯਾਇ ਬ੅ਇ ਦੀ ਤਰਵੰ ਡੀ, ਸ਼ਿਰਹਾ ਸ੃ਐੂ਩ੁਯਾ ਖ੅ਸਏ ਰਾਹ੆ਯ ਤੋਂਦਿੱ ਐਣ-਩ਿੱਕਭ ਵਿੱ ਰ ਤਏਯੀਫਨ 75 ਸਏਰ੅ਭੀਟਯ ਦੀ ਦੂਯੀ 'ਤ੃ਹੁਣ ਩ਾਸਏਸ੍ਤਾਨ ਸਵਔ ਸ੍ਸਥਤ ਹ੄, ਸਵਐ੃ਹ੅ਇਆ। ਭਸਹਤਾ ਏਾਰੂਖੀ ਩ਟਵਾਯੀ ਦੀ ਉੱਔ ਩ਦਵੀ ਤ੃ਸ੍ਨ। ਹੁਣ ਇਸ੍ ਅਸ੍ਥਾਨ ਦਾ ਨਾਭ ‘ਨਨਏਾਣਾ ਸ੍ਾਸਹਫ ਹ੄ਤ੃ਹੁਣ ਇਸ੍ ਸ਼ਿਰਹ੃ਦਾ ਨਾਭ ਵੀ ਨਨਏਾਣਾ ਸ੍ਾਸਹਫ ਹ੄। ਏੁਗ ਹ੅ਯ ਇਸਤਹਾਸ੍ਏਾਯ ਆ਩ ਦਾ ਖਨਭ 15 ਅ਩ਰ੄ਰ, 1469 ਦਿੱ ਸ੍ਦ੃ਹਨ। ਩ਯੰ ਩ਯਾਤਭਏ ਤ੆ਯ 'ਤ੃ਸ੍ਰੀ ਑ੁਯੂਨਾਨਏ ਦ੃ਵ ਖੀ ਦਾ ਖਨਭ-਩ੁਯਫ ਏਿੱ ਤਏ ਦੀ ਩ੂਯਨਭਾਸੀ ਨੂੰ ਹੀ ਭਨਾਇਆ ਖਾਂਦਾ ਹ੄।

PAY OBEISANCE TO SRI GURU NANAK DEV JI: A PROPHET AND A SOCIAL REFORMER (APRIL 15, 1469-SEPT. 7, 1539)

This year i.e. in 2022 his 483 rd year of leaving for heavenly abode was observed on Sept. 20. Kartarpur Sahib situated on the right bank of river Ravi in District Narowal of Pakistan near the Indo-Pak border usually referred to as Kartarpur (Ravi) to distinguish it from the Kartarpur town which falls in District Jallandhar of Punjab is a very sacred place for the Sikhs because Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1469-1539) the founder of Sikh Religion spent the last 17-18 years of his life at this place and also left for his heavenly abode from this place. Until the partition of India i.e. 1947 this place fell in the Tehsil Shakargarh, District Gurdaspur of Punjab.

PAYING HOMAGE TO BABA BANDA SINGH BAHADUR JI: THE FOUNDER OF SIKH RULE ON 306th MARTYRDOM DAY (JUNE 9)

Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Ji (1670-1716), a brave Sikh warrior and founder of the Sikh Rule in Punjab was born on October 27, 1670 at Rajauri in Punchh District of Jammu and Kashmir. His early name was Lachhman Dev. His father Ram Dev Ji, a Rajput farmer trained him in martial arts in early childhood. At the age of fifteen, the sight of a dying pregnant doe during one of his hunting excursions made him leave his home as penitence and become an ascetic. He joined Bairagi Ram Das who named him 'Madho Das'. After his extensive tours he settled in the Panchvati woods near Nasik in Maharashtra.

488TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF SRI GURU RAM DAS JI WAS CELEBRATED ON OCTOBER 11, 2022

Sri Guru Ram Das Ji (1534-1581) the Fourth Guru or spiritual mentor of the Sikhs was born on 25 Assuu Sammat 1591 i.e. 24 September 1534 in his ancestral place Chuna Mandi area, Lahore (now in Pakistan). At his birthplace now stands Gurdwara Janam Asthan Guru Ram Das Ji. The words Ram Das mean 'servant' or 'slave of God'. His earlier name was 'Jetha' which means first born. In fact, he was the only child. His father Hari Das Ji, Sodhi Khatri by Caste was a shopkeeper.

SARADHS ARE FORBIDDEN IN SIKH RELIGION

Saradhs also called sharadhs are forbidden in Sikh religion whereas in Hindu religion saradhs are held in memory of the deceased ancestors every year in the month of Asu, the seventh desi month which corresponds to the month of September.

Paying Obeisance to Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji: A Prophet and a Great Social Reformer

Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was a great social reformer. He has forbidden observance of Saradhs and Sootak Paatak. The tradition of holding saradhs among the Hindus has been in existence since times immemorial which are held in the memory of the deceased pitters (ancestors) every year in the month of Asu, the seventh desi month which corresponds to the month of September. In this month, during the first half of the lunar month i.e. the darkness pakh which starts with the full moon day and ends on the no moon day.

SULTANPUR LODHI: A SACRED PLACE FOR THE SIKHS

The town of Sultanpur Lodhi which falls in the present day Kapurthala District of Punjab, is a sacred place for the Sikhs. Among the sacred places relating to Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1469-1539) the first prophet-teacher of the Sikhs, in addition to Nankana Sahib, District Nankana Sahib (Pakistan), Kartarpur Sahib, District Narowal (Pakistan) and Dera Baba Nanak, District Gurdaspur of Punjab this town is of paramount importance for the Sikhs.

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