Tuesday, October 04, 2022

Culture

SARADHS ARE FORBIDDEN IN THE SIKH RELIGION

Saradhs also called sharadhs are forbidden in the Sikh religion whereas in the 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.

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.

THE MASSACRE AT SRI NANKANA SAHIB

Until the beginning of the twentieth century, the main historical Gurdwaras were under the control of mahants. It may be added that originally the superior of a religious establishment was called a mahant.  In earlier days the word mahant referred to the leaders of Nath deras. But during the 18th and 19th centuries, many Gurdwaras were occupied by hereditary controllers who became virtual owners of their respective Gurdwaras and came to be known as mahants.

Life and place of BABA JAI SINGH KHALKAT JI in Sikh religion

 The great martyr Baba Jai Singh Khalkat Ji, Ravidasia by caste was born in the village Mughal Majra which was situated on Sirhind-Patiala Road at a distance of about 25 kms from Sirhind and about 6-7 kms from Patiala in Tehsil and District Patiala of Punjab.

Remembering Bhagat Kabir Ji A Revolutionary Saint Poet on His 624th Birth Anniversary (June 14, 2022)

Bhagat Kabir Ji's full name was Kabir Das. 'Kabir' in Arabic language means  'great` and the word 'dasa' in Sanskrit language meansa slave or a servant.He is one  of the medieval Indian Saints of Bhakti and Sufi movements whose compositions Sri  Guru Arjan Dev Ji included in Adi Granth Sahib. While compiling Adi Granth Sahib  Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji included the compositions of 15 Bhagtas, 11 Bhatts and 4  other holy men.

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

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.

YATRA OF GURDWARA SRI HEMKUNT SAHIB: THE CHERISHED DREAM OF ALL THE SIKHS

 Every year several lac Sikh pilgrims pay their obeisance at Gurdwara Sri Hemkunt  Sahib which is situated in the Himalayas in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand State  of India at a height of about 15,210 feet above the sea level. ‘Hemkunt’ means  ‘Receptacle of Ice’. This holy shrine is dedicated to the Tenth Guru of the Sikhs Sri  Guru Gobind Singh Sahib who in his autobiographical work Bachitar Natak has  stated that in his previous life he meditated the Name of God at a place he has  mentioned as

  Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Sacrificed His Life to Uphold the Right to Profess one's Religion

Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji (1563-1606), the Fifth Guru of the Sikhs was born on  Baisakh Vadi 7, 1620 Bikrimi i.e. April 15, 1563 at Goindwal Sahib, which now falls  in the present day Tarn Taran district of Punjab. He was the third and youngest son  of Bhai Jetha Ji who later named as Sri Guru Ram Das Ji became the Fourth Guru  of the Sikhs and Bibi (Lady) Bhani Ji, daughter of Sri Guru Amar Das Ji, the Third  Guru of the Sikhs.

LIFE AND TEACHING OF GURU AMAR DAS

Sri Guru Amar Das Ji was born on Baisakh Sudi 14, 1636 Bikrami  i.e. May 5, 1479 at Basarke Gillan village, which is about 13 kms. south west from Amritsar, in district Amritsar, Punjab. In his fond memory, in this  village at his birth place Gurdwara Sri Janam Asthan Sri Guru Amar Das  Ji has been established. His paternal great grandfather Vishan Das Ji  belonged to Bhalla Khatri family and was a shopkeeper at village Basarke.

PAYING OBEISANCE TO BABA BANDA SINGH BAHADUR JI ON FATEH DIVAS

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.

Paying Obeisance to Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji on his 518th Birth Anniversary

The second prophet-teacher of the Sikhs, first known as Lahina Ji and then named 'Angad' by  Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born on Baisakh Vadi 1, Sammat 1561 Bikrami which  corresponded with 31 March, 1504. His father Bhai Pheru Ji also known as Bhai Pheru Mal  Ji, a Trehan Khatri by caste lived in the village 'Matte Di Sarai', now known as 'Sarai Nanga' 

Life and teachings of Sheikh Farid, a Sufi mystic

Shaikh Farid Ji‟s four shabads (hymns) two in raag soohi and two in raag assa  and 112 slokes have been included in Sri Guru Granth Sahib. He was born in  1173 AD in the month of Ramadan. His place of birth which is close to Multan,  was called Kotheval which is about 10-12 miles from Multan which is now  popularly known as Chawli Mashayakh. On April 4, 1179 AD his father died  when he was still a child, his mother Bibi Kursham Ji an extremely pious lady  brought him up. The newly born child is said to have been named after the Sufi  poet Fariduddin Attar, author of several works on Sufi philosophy.

Bhagat Namdev ji Life and Teachings

Bhagat Namdev Ji also spelled as Nam Dev Ji, his full name being Namdev Damaji  Relekar is one of the 15 Bhagats whose hymns Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji included in Sri  Adi Granth Sahib. In compiling Sri Adi Granth Sahib Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji, in addition to the hymns of his predecessor Sikh Gurus and his own hymns included the hymns of 15 Bhagats, 11 Bhatts and four others closely associated with the Sikh Gurus.

Baisakhi: Celebration of Birth of Khalsa

  Baisakhi is celebrated on the first day of the solar month of Baisakhi. It is termed as 'Baisakhi' because as per astrological calculations at this time the moon passes through visakha nakshatra or constellation of the Indian calendar. This festival falls when the farmers have just finished harvesting the wheat crop.

PAYING OBEISANCE TO SRI GURU HAR RAI SAHIB ON HIS 392ND BIRTH ANNIVERSARY Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib

 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 1 all over the world.

Bhagat Sur Dass: life and teachings

 Bhagat Sur Das Ji also spelled as Bhagat Surdas Ji, son of Pandit Ravidas Ji is one of the medieval Bhagat poets who was honoured by Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji by including his one line in Raag Sarang in Sri Adi Granth Sahib (SGGS, Page 1253). In compiling Sri Adi Granth Sahib, the Holy Scripture Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji, in addition to the hymns of his four predecessor Sikh Gurus and his own hymns included the hymns of 15 bhagats, 11 Bhatts, and four others closely associated with the Sikh Gurus.

Bhagat Ravidas Ji: An Ascetic and a Social Reformer

Bhagat Ravidas Ji (1377-1527) was born to Raghu Ji and Ghurbinia Ji at Seer  Goverdhanpur in Varanasi (also known as Banaras), Uttar Pradesh. In his sacred memory, at his birthplace, Shri Guru Ravidass Janam Asthan Mandir has been established. The picture of this Mandir is being given at the end of this write-up. 

Unprecedented 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, 

Sis Yatra of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib: Voyage of the Severed Sacred Head

Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, the ninth prophet-teacher of the Sikhs was cruelly martyred by beheading him on November 11, 1675, in Chandni Chowk, Delhi under the orders of Emperor Aurangzeb. Besides martyring Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, Aurangzeb also passed orders that the whole family of the person who goes near the deceased's body will be annihilated. The martyrdom of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib sent a wave of shock and mental torture among the Sikh community.

Story of Sis Yatra of Severed Sacred Head Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib 

Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, the ninth prophet-teacher of the Sikhs was cruelly martyred by beheading him on November 11, 1675 in Chandni Chowk, Delhi under the orders of Emperor Aurangzeb. Besides martyring Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, Aurangzeb also passed orders that the whole family of the person who goes near the deceased's body will be annihilated. The martyardom of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib sent a wave of shock and mental torture among the Sikh community.

Bhagat Sain life and teachings

Life and teachings of Bhagat Jaidev ji

Bhagat Jaidev Ji is among the 15 Bhagats whose hymns Sri Guru Arjan Dev ji included in Sri Adi Granth Sahib compiled by him. Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji in addition to his own hymns and the hymns of his four predecessor Gurus included the hymns of 15 bhagats, 11 bhatts and four others closely associated with the Sikh Gurus. These 15 Bhagats include:

Shaeed Jai Singh Khalkat whose skin was peeled by hanging him upside down

          The blood-stained, the 18th-century Sikh history is replete with a series of gruesome tortures inflicted upon the Sikhs by Afghan and Mughal rulers and their touts. During the 18th century, Sikhs were tortured so much that the incidents of their martyrdom became part and parcel of their daily ardas and thus their deeds of heroism and sacrifice were recounted by the Sikhs in their ardas.           

SHAHEED BHAI TAROO SINGH JI

            This year i.e. 2020 Shaheed Bhai Taroo Singh Ji's martyrdom day is being observed on July 16 all over the world. This gruesome incident took place 275 years ago. This brave and dauntless Sikh was born in a Sandhu Jatt famly in Puhla village which at that time fell in District Kasur (now in Pakistan) but now falls in Distt. Tarn Taran of Punjab. In his sacred memory at the place of his birth stands Gurdwara Sahib Shaheed Bhai Taroo Singh Ji.           

Rare feeling of woman touch

Raavan is a 21-year-old boy from the Vadar caste. For the last five years, he has been living in Mumbai, working as a cleaner in an IT company. No one has ever enquired about his caste in this city. What he likes about this city is that one can live here, without being ruled. Yet, it is his past that does not let him feel free, that reminds him of who he is. Here, his only solace is books.

Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji (1666-1708) the Tenth Master of the Sikhs, reverently known as 'Sarbans Danee'

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,

How to prepare Shorba? Afghani dish served as appetiser in high-end Afghan restaurants in Pakistan

Many of my friends may be also knowing what is Shorba and how this dish is prepared. For working women who are vegetarians and even do not eat eggs, Shorba is a nutritious dish and easy to cook in a very short time. It is a time saver dish. One can eat it with breakfast with pranthas, and at lunch and at dinner also. 

Sis Yatra of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib: of the Severed Sacred Head

Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, the ninth prophet-teacher of the Sikhs was cruelly martyred by beheading him on November 11, 1675 in Chandni Chowk, Delhi under the orders of Emperor Aurangzeb. Besides martyring Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, Aurangzeb also passed orders that the whole family of the person who goes near the deceased's body will be annihilated. The martyardom of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib sent a wave of shock and mental torture among the Sikh community.

SRI GURU TEGH BAHADUR SAHIB : A PROPHET AND MARTYR

   Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, the Ninth Guru (Revealer of the Sikh faith) of the Sikhs was born on Baisakh vadi 5, 1678 Birkimi i.e. April 1, 1621 in Amritsar, Punjab. He was the youngest of the five sons of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib, the Sixth Guru of the Sikhs and Bibi Nanaki. His childhood name was Tyag Mal, tyag means 'giving away' or parting with what one possesses. As a small child he gave away his clothes to a poor child in charity. On being asked by his mother as to whyhe had done so, he promptly answered that no one else would have given 'that boy' any clothes whereas you will immediately give me new clothes  

Deceptive toys without cultural roots cause confusion in building children psyche

the Motif based toys also play a significant role in educating  our kids and also developng  their personality with motif base toys. The MacDonald, KFC and a many  other multi-national companies, agive gifts to our children in the form of miniature toys which are irrelavant in  to our religious and cultural background. Thus, children in our society are growing with toys, which have no relevance in our society. Fast food companies use toys as advertisements to entice kids at an early age as customers of fast food produc

Gurdawars’ take care of devotees needs by making available scarfs and chunnis

The Gurdwara management keeping in mind the emerging needs of such women, has kept-scarfs and Chunnis-in boxes (see pic above) for covering their heads. Many young Sikhs-girls and boys- having adopted the trendy lifestyle also need scarfs/chunnis to cover them, while entering the Gurdwaras compound, these are placed in boxes or hanged on a rope or hooks, just at the entry of Gurdwaras, a nice development. 

Kissing: a feeling of love and warm relationship

 The new young generation is open and less hypocrite than their parents. Coming back to National Kissing Day, which is celebrated on 6th July every year in India and it is the 14th consecutive years that the country is celebrating it, with great vigour and fun. The new young generation appears to be more open and less hypocrite than their parents' generation, where every act was hidden or under the veil.   

Bareilly city to get ‘Jhumka’ as its Icon

The entire structure will be surrounded by a rotary in such a manner that it will give the entire edifice and its surrounding area a landscape view. The silver-golden coloured ‘jhumka’ will be made up of multi-coloured stones embedded with ‘minakari’, an art form colouring and ornamenting the surface of metals by fusing over it brilliant colours that are decorated in an intricate design) design

Piercing prominent points to wear jewelry is a new wave among young generation

This blog makes interesting study. Now a days, piercing ears and nostrils has become a fashion. This blog talks about the art of piercing, which is becoming very popular among new generation of young girls and boys. The idea of writing about piercing came to my mind after viewing this male goat (Bakra wearing lots of piercing jewellery on his face, lips, nostrils, ears etc.). Usually infant or baby girl gets piercing. Earlier, only women used to get their ears and nostril pierced but that too at one point only. But these days girls and boys, both get piercing, and that too on more than one point and then adore them with piercing jewellery.