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Baisakhi di Lakh Lakh Vadhai Hove ji

Khalsa mero roop hai khaas Khalsa mein hoon karoon nivaas||
Jab lag Khalsa rahey niyaara Tab lag tej diyoon main saara.||


VAISAKHI : APRIL 14, 2014 

On this memorable Baisakhi day (March,30 of A.D.1699) , Guru Gobind Singh Sahib called a big meeting at Kesgarh Sahib near the City of Anandpur Sahib. Between fifty to eighty thousand Sikhs attended this meeting. When all were expecting to hear words of comfort and consolation from the lips of their Guru, they were perturbed to see him with a drawn sword in his hand and cried ' Is there anyone here who would lay down his life for Dharam?' There was a big silence, but the Guru went on repeating his demand. At the third call Daya Ram, a Khatri of Lahore, rose from his seat and offered himself. The Guru took him into an adjoining enclosure....(and soon after) came out with the (blood) dripping....(sword in hand) and flourshing it before the gathering, asked again, 'Is there any other Sikh here who will offer himself as a sacrifice(for the cause of dharma)? At this Daram Das, a Jat of Delhi (Haryana side) came forward and was taken into the enclosure....(The Guru again came out with the blood-stained sword, and made his previous demand). In the same way three other men stood up, one after another, and offered themselves for the sacrifice. One was Mohkam Chand, a washerman of Dwarka (Gujarat State); another was Himmat, a cook of Jagannath (Orissa State); and the third was Sahib Chand, a barber of Bidar (Karnataka State). The Guru, after dressing the five in handsome clothes, brought them from the assembly. These five were then administered 'Khande di Pahul' (the double-edged Sword Amrit). They were then knighted as Singhs, as the Five beloved ones, the first members of the Order of the Khalsa. The Guru then asked them to administer the Pahul to him in the same manner in which he had given the Pahul to them, and it was done so. With the creation of Khalsa, the Khalsa created history and since the birth of Khalsa, the history of Punjab has been the history of Sikhs. Baisakhi played a significant role in this regard. In 1762, Ahmed Shah Abdali, with the sole purpose to destroy the entire Sikh nation, declared 'Jehad'(holy-war) against the Sikhs and all the Muslims of the Punjab rallied under this slogan. The Sikhs were surrounded near the village Kup in Ludhiana District. Chronicles mention that about twenty thousand Sikhs were martyred in a single day. This event is known in the history of the Sikhs as "Ghallughara" (Bloody Carnage). After this, Ahmed Shah Abdali thought that he had crushed the entire Sikh nation, but was greatly disillusioned when after a few months heard that the Sikhs in large number are celebrating Baisakhi at Amritsar. In due course of time Baisakhi reminds every Sikh of his cultural and religious heritage. On Baisakhi day all the Sikhs used to assemble at Amritsar and decide their problems relating to politics and religion. This convention still goes on..


Sikh News Headlines

Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda, Punjab: “Mele de tin kamm pakke, dhup, dhud te dhakke.” (A fair has three things to offer for sure — sunlight, dust and jostling). This is what exactly the Baisakhi Mela at Takht Damdama Sahib witnessed today where a sea of humanity turned up to pay obeisance at the Talwandi Sabo Gurdwara and to participate in the colourful festival.

Following restrictions imposed by the Election Commission on holding of political conferences at Takht Damdama Sahib, the festival turned out to be a purely religious affair this time. Roadside toy-sellers, eating joints, langar (community kitchen) and loud music playing religious...

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Amritsar, Punjab: After remaining unceremoniously buried for 157 years in a well in Ajnala where their bodies were dumped by the British, the Gurudwara Shaheed Gunj Management Committee (GSGMC) on Sunday immersed the mud stained with their blood and some of the remains of martyrs of Kalianwala Khuh in the Ravi river, the spot where around 150 of their injured colleagues of the 26th Native Infantry Regiment died after drowning in 1857.

Around four trolleys of mud stained with the martyrs’ blood were immersed in the river on Sunday in a ceremony led by GSGMC office bearers and members and attended by...

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Sangrur, Punjab: Aam Aadmi Party convener and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on the last day of his three-day Punjab visit has slammed the BJP-led NDA and Congress-led UPA successive governments at the centre for playing with the sentiments of 1984 Sikh genocide victims and their failure to take measures to do justice with them.

Kejriwal, who was addressing a big gathering in support of AAP candidate Bhagwant Mann here on Sunday, said: “During their regimes since 1984, neither the Congress nor the BJP took any step to ensure justice for the Sikh riot victims, but the AAP government in Delhi,...

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Ontario, Canada: Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair (Outremont) sends the following video greetings on the 315th celebration of Vaisakhi to all celebrating on this joyous and festive occasion:

As many Canadians gather to celebrate throughout this month, New Democrats join you in renewing our commitments to the principles Kirt KarnaVand Shukna and Seva.

Once again, from our NDP family to yours, have a wonderful Vaisakhi!

Subh Noo Vaisakhi Dee Lakh Lakh Vadhaiyee Hove Ji.

http://www.ndp.ca/oVC

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Bathinda, Punjab: Though deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal welcomed Joginder Kaur, 75, daughter of former President of India Giani Zail Singh into the party fold amid much fanfare, yet the latter downplayed the development saying she was here to bless Sukhbir Singh Badal and former district Congress president Anil Bhola and others, who joined the SAD on Monday.

Sukhbir announced from the stage that Kaur had also joined the SAD, which would further help the party in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

However, downplaying the announcement, Kaur said, after the function, that she had come here to...

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Ludhiana, Punjab: Although most city-based NGOs, clubs and even local political parties busy in campaigning came forward to mark the traditional festival of Baisakhi by throwing parties, they forgot to remember the tragic Jallianwala Bagh tragedy that took place on April 13, 1919 at Amritsar.

“Every Baisakhi, I note that most citizens, including political leaders who lead the nation, forget to remember the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. It is actually a matter of shame to ignore the history,” said city-based Punjabi writer Kulwinder Kaur Minhas, adding that, “It is true that India is a land of festivals and fairs, but if we ask...

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