Siri Guru Nanak Gurdwara

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Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji

(1469-1539) Born on October 20th 1469 AD at Talwandi (Nankana Sahib) to a Hindu family near the city of Lahore (now a part of Pakistan), Guru Nanak Dev Ji was the founder of Sikhism. His father was Mehta Kaloo Ji and mother Mata Tripta Ji.

Shri Guru Angad Dev Ji

(1504-1552) Guru Nanak Dev Ji selected Bhai Lehna Ji for Guruship due to his devotion and obedience on September 7th, 1539. Bhai Lehna Ji was named Guru Angad Dev Ji. Being the second Guru of the Sikhs Guru Angad Dev Ji was born at Mate Di Sarai in Punjab on March 31, 1504.

Shri Guru Amar Das Ji

(1479-1574) Guru Amar Das Ji is the third Guru of the Sikhs. He was born at Basarke in Amritsar on May 5th, 1479. Gurgaddi was bestowed upon him at the age of 73 at Khadur Sahib on March 29, 1552. He was married to Bibi Ramo Ji.

Shri Guru Ram Das Ji

(1534-1581) Guru Ram Das Ji is the fourth Sikh Guru. He was born at Chuna Mandi Lahore on September 24, 1534. The original name of Guru Ram Das Ji was Bhai Jetha Ji. He was son-in-law of Guru Amar Das Ji. He was married to Bibi Bhani Ji. He had three sons namely Prithi Chand, Mahan Dev and Arjan Dev.

Shri Guru Arjun Dev Ji

(1563-1606) Guru Arjan Dev Ji is the fifth Guru of the Sikhs. He was born on April 15, 1563 at Goindwal Sahib Ji. He was the youngest son of Guru Ram Das Ji. He received Gurgaddi on August 31st, 1581. He was the first Guru to have been born a son of the Guru.

Shri Guru Hargobind Ji

(1595-1644) Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji is the Sixth Guru of the Sikhs. He was the only son of Guru Arjan Dev Ji. He was born on June 19th, 1595 at Guru Ki Wadali near Amritsar. He got his training in martial arts and spirituality from Baba Budha Ji

Shri Guru Har Rai Ji

(1630-1661) Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji is the seventh Guru of the Sikhs. He was the grandson of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. He was born to father Baba Gurditta Ji and mother Nihal Kaur Ji. He was born on January 16th, 1630 at Kiratpur Sahib. He was married in 1697 B.S. (1640 A.D) He had two sons named Ram Rai and Har Krishan Ji.

Shri Guru Harkrishan Ji

(1656-1664) Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji is the eighth Guru of the Sikhs. He became Guru Ji at the age of five. He was born on July 7th, 1656 at Kiratpur Sahib Ji to Mata Kishan Kaur Ji. He was the youngest son of Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji. H

Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji

(1621-1675) Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji is the ninth Guru of the Sikhs. He was the youngest son of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. He was born on April 1st, 1621 at Amritsar. His mother was Bibi Nanki Ji. His birth name was Tyag Mal but keeping in view his courage and bravery, he was named Tegh Bahadur.

Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji

(1666-1708) Guru Gobind Singh Ji is the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. He was the only son of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji. He was born to Mata Gujri Ji on December 22nd, 1666 at Sri Patna Sahib Ji in Bihar when his father was on a preaching mission to holy places in Assam. Birth name of Guru Ji was Gobind Rai.

Introduction to Sikhism

 Sikhism is only 500 years old but with over 20 million Sikhs around the world, is the fifth largest world religion. Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak Dev Ji (left), the first Guru in the 15th century in the Punjab (the land of 5 rivers).

Following partition in 1947, Punjab is now divided between Pakistan and the northern Indian state of Punjab.

The word Guru is composed of Gu meaning darkness and Ru meaning Light. In Sikhism therefore ‘Guru’ is the “Light that dispels all darkness” and Guru Nanak Dev Ji was the Embodiment of Divine Light.

Sikhism is based on compassion; service; equality between males, females and all religions and encourages an honest, truthful living with a rejection of idol worship, the caste system, ritualism and superstitions. In Sikhism, heaven and hell are states of mind represented by joy and sorrow, bliss and agony or light and darkness.

Sikhism is a distinct religion and shouldn’t be viewed as linked to either Islam or Hinduism. Guru Nanak Dev Ji said “I am neither a Hindu nor a Muslim, I am a human being”.