On the occasion of the eve of Baisakhi, the members of the ‘Sukhmani Sewa Society Bani Park’, rendered ‘kirtan’ and ‘ardas’ at the Sarvatobhadra Chowk of City Palace. The historic sword of the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, was displayed for the members of the society.
President, Sukhmani Sewa Society, Ms. Pinky Singh informed that during the program, the members sang “Mera Baid Guru Gobinda”, “Nasro Mansoor Guru Gobind Singh”, and “Wah Wah Gobind Singh Aape Guru Chela”. The Secretary of the society, Mr. Surya Uday Singh informed the history of Guru Gobind Singh’s sword and offered ‘ardas’ for the well-being of all. Also present on the occasion were Executive Trustee, MSMS II Museum, Ms. Rama Dutt; Director, MSMS II Museum, Dr. Rima Hooja and OSD, Mr. Ramu Ramdev.
It is to be recalled that Guru Gobind Singh had stayed in Nahan (Sirmaur District) for some time. While leaving Nahan he had presented his personal sword as a memento to the then ruler, ancestors of Rajmata Padmini Devi. She had brought the sword to Jaipur a few years ago and is now at the City Palace. The members of the society expressed their gratitude to Rajmata Padmini Devi for giving them an opportunity to pay their tribute to the historic sword.
The religious significance of the Baisakhi festival is that on this day, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, established the ‘Khalsa Panth’ in Anandpur Sahib in 1699. He made the ‘Panj Pyare’ drink ‘amrit’ and created the Khalsa. He also drank ‘amrit’ from their hands. Guru Gobind Singh also gave two slogans – “Jo Bole So Nihal, Sat Shri Akal” and “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa – Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.” These slogans are the identity of the Sikh religion. Under the auspices of Baisakhi, the members of the paath group ‘Apni Mehar Kar’ of the society recited 7,700 paaths of ‘Guru Ji Chaupai Sahib’. Baisakhi is being celebrated with great fanfare in all Gurudwaras. The festival inspires everyone to follow the path shown by Guru Gobind Singh.