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Guru Gobind Singh Birth anniversary Celebrated

On January 2, 2019, India celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. He is considered to be the 10th Guru of Sikhs. He was born on January 5, 1666.

Guru Gobind Singh

Guru Gobind Singh founded Sikh Warrior community called Khalsa in 1699. He introduced five Ks in Sikhism. It is called the “Panj Kakar”, They are uncut hair (Kesh), an iron bracelet (kara), a wooden comb (Kangha), 100% cotton undergarment (Kachera) and iron dagger (Kirpan).

In Sikhism, the holy text Dasam Granth is dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh. Guru Gobind Singh was the only son of the ninth Sikh Guru Bahadur. He was made the 10th Guru at the age of nine when his father was beheaded for not following Islam. His sons were killed by the Mughals.

Sikh gurus

Guru Nanak founded Sikhism in 1469 and was the first Sikh Guru. He was succeeded by nine gurus. Guru Gobind Singh was the last guru of Sikhism. In 1708, the guruship was passed on to the holy sikh scripture Guru Granth Shib. According to Sikh, the holy text is now the living Guru for the followers of Sikhism.

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Virasat-e-Khalsa set to enter Asia Book of Records

Virasat-e-Khalsa museum located in Anandpur Sahib town in Punjab is set to find a place in Asia Book of Records for becoming most visited museum in Asian sub-continent on a single day. Museum witnessed a record footfall of 20,569 visitors on a single day on 20 March 2019.

Key Highlights

Asia Book of Records confirmed that record of ‘maximum footfall in a museum in a day’ set by museum will feature in next edition of Asia Book of Records.

This would be 3rd entry for museum in record books. Prior to this, Virasat-e-Khalsa made it to Limca Book of Records in February 2019 edition and India Book of Records and both had listed ‘Virasat-e-Khalsa’ as country’s top-ranked museum in terms of number of visitors.

Museum has been conferred an award by Punjab Energy Development Agency in a State-level energy conservation competition, for cutting down electricity consumption.

About Virasat-e-Khalsa

It was built to commemorate the rich history and culture of Punjab and Sikhism. It inaugurated in November 2011. In a short span of eight years, more than 10 million visitors have visited museum so far.

It celebrates 500 years of Sikh history and 300th anniversary of birth of Khalsa, based on scriptures written by Guru Gobind Singh, 10th and last human Sikh guru.

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