Guru Nanak Current Affairs - 2020

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.

PM Modi to inaugurate Kartarpur corridor on November 8

On November 8, 2019, PM Modi will inaugurate the Kartarpur corridor to Sri Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. The opening is being done on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev

About the corridor

Kartarpur Sahib is located in the Narowal district of Pakistan across the Ravi river. It is about 4 km from the Dera Baba Nanak shriince in India. As a major initiative India and Pakistan agreed to set up the Kartarpur corridor that will connect the holy shrines.

The corridor will connect Dera Baba Nanak Shrine in Gurdaspur district in Punjab and Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur. The corridor will facilitate visa free movement of Indian pilgrims to the shrine.

Till now, Indian devotes had to contend darshan using binoculars installed at the Dera Baba Nanak Sahib.

Significance of the shrine

The Gurudwara was built to commemorate the place where the Sikh founder Guru Nanak settled after completing his missionary works. He lived at the site for around 18 years till his death in 1539. The shrine is built where Guru Nanak is said to have died.