Guru Tegh Bahadur is the ninth of the ten Sikh Gurus, who is revered and remembered for his sacrifices and contributions to Sikhism. Today marks his birth anniversary, and it is an important day for the Sikh community as it is a day to remember and celebrate the legacy of the ninth Guru.
Introduction to Guru Tegh Bahadur
Guru Tegh Bahadur was born on April 18, 1621 in Amritsar, India. He was the youngest son of the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind and Mata Nanaki. His birth name was Tyag Mal and he was given the name Tegh Bahadur by his father, who was impressed by his bravery and courage in battle. He was the ninth of the ten Sikh Gurus, and is remembered for his courage and sacrifices in protecting the rights of the oppressed.
Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Birth Anniversary
Guru Tegh Bahadur’s birth anniversary is celebrated every year on April 18. On this day, Sikhs all over the world commemorate his life and teachings by organizing special events and gatherings. To mark the occasion, they recite hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikhism, and organize processions and langars (free community meals).
Significance of Guru Tegh Bahadur
Guru Tegh Bahadur is remembered for his courage and bravery in protecting the rights of the oppressed, regardless of caste, creed, or religion. He is also known for his selfless sacrifice for the protection of religious freedom, when he was asked to convert to Islam by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. His heroic actions and selfless sacrifices continue to inspire people all over the world.
Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Contributions to Sikhism
Guru Tegh Bahadur is credited with making important contributions to Sikhism, such as writing several hymns in the Guru Granth Sahib and establishing the Akal Takht, the highest temporal authority of the Sikhs. He also wrote several books on Sikhism and Sikh philosophy.
Celebrating Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Birth Anniversary
On this special day, Sikhs all over the world commemorate Guru Tegh Bahadur’s life and teachings by organizing special events and gatherings. In India, special prayers are conducted in Gurudwaras and processions are organized in his honor. People also share sweets and offer special prayers in his memory.
Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Legacy