Published On : April 11, 2022  |  Author : Astrologer Umesh
Baishakhi Festival

About Baishakhi Festival

Baishakhi (Vaisakhi) is an auspicious event primarily famous for marking the advent of a harvest festival.  In other words, the event is an advent of the first day of the lunar month of Vaisakha celebrated annually, as per Hindu and Sikh solar new year.

For most Indians, the festival is named as an important event of the spring harvest festival. The notability of the occasion lies in the fact that Sikh devotees perform religious rituals such as kirtans, and offer prayers to the divine lord at local Gurdwaras. Community fairs coupled with Nagar (kirtan) processions are also held to commemorate the festival of Baisakhi. The value of the festival in Sikhism is quite tremendous.

This is why the celebration of it is mostly seen in the Punjab region. Puja For Peace offers you a great solution in attaining heightened peace in your life, with a solution to anything misery.

Importance Of Baisakhi

An important event such as Baisakhi has its tremendous value in Sikhism. For starters, the festival marks the advent of the spring harvest. Secondly, it also signals the advent of the birth of the Khalsa order by Guru Gobind Singh.

To say otherwise, the festival is held as a noble gesture to commemorate the Khalsa Panth of warriors formed under the leadership of Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. Baisakhi originates from Vaishakh, the second month as described by the Hindu calendar that starts during Chaitra and comes to an end during Fagun month. This period marks the harvest season in the northern part of India.

Due to the religious sentiment associated with Baishakhi, shrines like Gurdwaras are decked in festive regalia, with thousands of devotees offering prayers to the divine lord. People perform holy baths and other rituals to commemorate the festival of Baisakhi, thus signifying the virtue of the festival, even for non-Sikhs Hindus.

History Of Baisakhi

Baisakhi came into being followed by Guru Gobind Singh Ji who decided to choose the festival as a day of remembrance of Khalsa, a collective name bestowed upon to baptized Sikhs. The legend has it that once Guru Gobind Singh Ji came out of his tent and asked Sikhs if they were willing to give their lives for his faith. He asked them to come into the tent one by one. 

Later, Guru Gobind Singh Ji came out of the tent. He held a blood-smeared sword in his hand. The five Sikhs who volunteered for his cause were nowhere to be found. The sight worried the crowds outside the tent. A few moments later, all the five Sikhs came out of the tent unharmed, wearing turbans, and later were known as PanjPiare or the ‘Beloved Five’.

The Guru baptized them using holy water called Amrit, a ceremony that later became the premise for the Sikh baptism ceremony.

It is also believed that the martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur led to the genesis of the Baisakhi festival. He was the ninth Sikh guru, who sacrificed his life by protecting the rights of Hindus and Sikhs against the tyranny of Mughal emperor, Aurungzeb. Later, his son, Guru Gobind Singh led the movement and fulfilled his father’s dream when he called on the momentous Baisakhi Day congregation of Sikhs at Keshgarh Sahib on March 30, 1699.

Winding-Up

Baisakhi is one of the most important festivals for Sikh Hindus. Worship places like Gurdwaras witness the throng of devotees who visit the shrine to offer their prayers to the divine lord. Kirtans and other religious rituals are performed during the festival. Do you want to stay ahead of the rest in astrological updates? Read the Indian Astrology Blog and get insightful.

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