Monday, December 11, 2017
Gateway to Sikhism


5th December


1705 Guru Gobind Singh Ji bid farewell to Anandpur. Accompanied by members of his family and 1500 other singhs/singhnees, Guru Sahib was leaving Anandpur with the promises of the Hindu Hill Rajas and the Muslim Mughal forces that they shall not attack this entourage. However, these promises soon evaoprated and the Sikhs were not only attacked but pursued.
1710 Sikh forces, under the leadership of Baba Gurbakhash Singh (Banda Bahadhur), fought Mughal forces in Sadora
1872 Bhai Vir Singh, a great Sikh scholar, was born.

==> Bhai VIR SINGH (1872-1957) born on Dec. 5, 1872, was a great poet, scholar, and a spiritual leader. He edited and published for the first Prachin Panth Prakash, the work of Rattan Singh Bhangu. As K.N. Subramanyam commented "He was essentially a product of the best aspects of Sikhism." He was conferred the degree of Doctor of Oriental Learning Honoris Causa, in 1949, in absentia by the Punjab University. He was awarded the Padame Bhusham in 1956. He died on June 10, 1957.

-Ref. The Illustrated History of the Sikhs (1947-78), by Gur Rattan Pal Singh.

1966 Fateh Singh announced that he would immolate himself on Dec. 27, 1966, if Chandigarh was not transferrred to Punjab. However, neither Chandigarh was transferred nor Fateh Singh kept his promise.
1982 The President of the Akali Party said in a press statement that the police had, until then, killed 79 Sikh young men in fake police encounters.

-Ref. THE SIKHS' STRUGGLE FOR SOVEREIGNTY, An Historical Perspective By Dr. Harjinder Singh Dilgeer and Dr. Awatar Singh Sekhon Edited By: A.T. Kerr Page 110-119 will strive to be most comprehensive directory of Historical Gurudwaras and Non Historical Gurudwaras around the world.

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