Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday in Haryana in 2020

Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday in Haryana 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's Birthday?
This holiday next takes place in 193 days.
  Dates of Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday in Haryana
2021 Tue, Jan 19Regional Holiday
2020 Sat, Feb 1Regional Holiday
2019 Sun, Jan 13Regional Holiday
2018 Fri, Jan 5Regional Holiday
2017Jan 5, Dec 25
Mon, Dec 25Regional Holiday
Thu, Jan 5Regional Holiday
  Summary
Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarkhand. Birthday of the tenth and final Sikh prophet-teacher

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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