The eternal knowledge and teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji are infinite. A true celebration of Parkash Utsav of Baba Nanak would be to share and follow the teachings of Guru Sahib.
Known for his social and spiritual beliefs, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1469-1539), the founder of Sikh Religion, had spread the message of ‘one God’. The pious religious ideas of Guru Nanak are heartwarming.
He is considered the epitome of virtue, equality, love and fraternity. Today, I share with you all how Baba Nanak has contributed to the world with his spiritual teachings –
- The Significance of a Guru in Life
According to Guru Nanak, Guru is the real incarnation of God. A Guru provides us
with true knowledge. Their enlightening guidance eliminates the darkness from our lives and leads us to salvation.
2. Soul is Divine
Guru Nanak believed in the presence of soul in the body of every individual. That
soul according to him is the divine power within a human being.
3. Diminish 5 Evils from Life: Ego, greed, anger, lust, and attachment are the 5 evils of life. Guru Nanak laid emphasis on purity of heart, love, and devotion for the almighty God, which is omnipresent. So, worship him with a pure soul and leave behind these 5 evils.
4. Equality for Women
The teaching includes that women are equal to men and there should be no
discrimination on the basis of gender. He permitted women to attend religious
gatherings and publicly sing hymns for God.
5. Selfless Service
Guru Nanak believed to offer selfless services to others as the sacred duty of a
mankind. The holiest pilgrimage site of Sikhism in India is the Golden Temple,
located in Amritsar. They serve food as ‘langar’ to 100,000 people of diverse
religions every day for free.
Therefore, the eternal knowledge and teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji are infinite. So, the true celebration of Parkash Utsav of Baba Nanak would be to share and follow the teachings of Guru Sahib.
Let me tell you about Hola Mohalla – a festival of Courage, Hope, And Faith played amid Colours in Punjab.
Hola Mohalla is Punjab’s biggest annual fair which is celebrated every year at Anandpur Sahib immediately after Holi. A festival which epitomizes the spirit and valour of Punjab, Hola Mohalla has earned the stature of a National Festival as well in the year 1996. The festival gives pilgrims and visitors a chance to bask in the glory of Punjabi spirit, Sikh religion and Punjabi courage. It is one of those unforgettable Punjabi festivals which reflect the dedication & heroism of Punjabi community and Punjabi way of life.
History – Hola Mohalla gets celebrated in Anandpur Sahib on the day following the festival of Holi. The practice of Hola Mohalla was started by Sh Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh guru. The festival is celebrated for three consecutive days; each day the participants can witness rare display of physical strength by Sikh warriors. It has been beleievd that Guru Gobind Singh rechristened the Holi festival as Hola Mohalla and used the festive occasion to indulge his forces in martial arts and the art of warfare. In those days, Guru Sahib made his Sikh warriors, Nihangs, to form two groups and engage in mock battle which was like a practice of war for them.
What all make Hola Mohalla so very special –
Three days of energy & enthusiasm; there is so much excitement you would want to be a part of.
- Shining swords and long spears in the hands of warrior Sikhs.
- Conical turbans and twirled-up moustaches of Nihangs
- Daredevil acts by Guru di laadli Fauj; acts like bareback horse-riding, standing erect on two speeding horses, Gatka (mock encounters), tent pegging etc
- Music and Poetry competitions
- Kirtans and Langars
- The last day procession which is led by Panj Pyaras. This processions starts from Takht Keshgarh Sahib, one of the five Sikh religious seats, and passes through various important gurdwaras like Qila Anandgarh, Lohgarh Sahib, Mata Jitoji and terminates at the Takht
So next time, make sure to visit Sri Anandpur Sahib to cherish Hola Mohalla!