Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti in India in 2020

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti in India in 2020
The creation of the Khalsa; initiated by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru Image via Wikimedia Commons
  How long until Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti?
This holiday next takes place in 195 days.
  Dates of Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti in India
2021Jan 19
BiharTue, Jan 19Regional Holiday
ChandigarhTue, Jan 19Regional Holiday
HaryanaTue, Jan 19Regional Holiday
PunjabTue, Jan 19Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Jan 19Regional Holiday
2020Feb 1
ChandigarhSat, Feb 1Regional Holiday
HaryanaSat, Feb 1Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSat, Feb 1Regional Holiday
UttarakhandSat, Feb 1Regional Holiday
2019Jan 13
BiharSun, Jan 13Regional Holiday
ChandigarhSun, Jan 13Regional Holiday
HaryanaSun, Jan 13Regional Holiday
PunjabSun, Jan 13Regional Holiday
RajasthanSun, Jan 13Regional Holiday
2018Jan 5
HaryanaFri, Jan 5Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Jan 5Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Jan 5Regional Holiday
2017Jan 3, Jan 4, Jan 5, Dec 25
HaryanaMon, Dec 25Regional Holiday
BiharThu, Jan 5Regional Holiday
DelhiThu, Jan 5Government Holiday
HaryanaThu, Jan 5Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshThu, Jan 5Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirThu, Jan 5Regional Holiday
PunjabThu, Jan 5Regional Holiday
BiharWed, Jan 4Regional Holiday
BiharTue, Jan 3Regional Holiday
  Summary
Birthday of the tenth and final Sikh prophet-teacher
  Which regions observe Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti in 2020?
Chandigarh  ChandigarhFeb 1Regional Holiday
Haryana  HaryanaFeb 1Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh  Uttar PradeshFeb 1Regional Holiday
Uttarakhand  UttarakhandFeb 1Regional Holiday

When is Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday?

Guru Gobind Singh, the last of the ten living Sikh Gurus, was born on 22 December 1666 in Patna, Bihar, India.

Unlike many of the other gurus, there is no argument over the date of the birthday of Gobind Singh, but nonetheless, as the original western calendar date was set using the Julian calendar in 1666, there can be some confusion on the date it is celebrated.

The date translates to 1st January in the Gregorian calendar, but the holiday is observed on the date in the Hindu calendar - Saptami, Paush, Shukla Paksha, 1723 Vikram Samvat.

To further complicate matters, the Nanakshahi calendar fixed the birthday on 5th January, subsequently updating it to 6th January.

History of Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday

Gobind Singh was the tenth of the Sikh Gurus. Following the death of his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, Gobind Singh became the leader of the Sikhs when he was only nine years old.

Famed as a warrior, poet, and philosopher. His contributions to Sikhism were many including the tradition of covering one's hair with a turban.

He initiated the Khalsa order, the highest order that can be reached by Sikhs. Khalsa must abide by four restrictions; Not to disturb the natural growth of the hairs, not to eating meat slaughtered in halal manner, not cohabiting with a person other than one's spouse and not using tobacco or a hookah.

Guru Gobind Singh died on 7 October 1708 from wounds inflicted by an assassin.

Guru Gobind Singh was the last of the living Sikh Gurus, as while he was on his deathbed, he passed the Guruship of the Sikhs to the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred Book of the Sikhs. The Granth Sahib then became the Eleventh and Eternal Sikh Guru.

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