Bandi Chhor Diwas
Not only Hindus, but Sikhs also celebrate Diwali as Bandi Chhor Diwas, an
important festival. More for historical reasons than religious, has acquired
a very special significance in the Sikh tradition. It is said that the
foundation stone for the Golden Temple was laid during the time of Diwali in
1577. The occasion of Bandi Chhor Diwas prompt the followers of Sikhism to
celebrate the day with joy and happiness.
Diwali played an important role in the life of Sri Guru Hargobind Ji, the
sixth Guru of the Sikhs. When Jehangir, the Mughal emperor, arrested Guru
Hargobind and put him in a prison in Gwalior, gloom descended upon Sikhs.
But later Jehangir relented and let the Guru go. Accompanied by his
followers and to the joy of many Sikhs, the Guru returned to Amritsar and
made an appearance before his followers. Thus, this day is very significant
for people following Sikh religion. This festival can be best described in
Hey Waheguru! "Raaj Na Chaahayu, Mukti Na Chaahyu Man Preet Charan
Oh Wonderful Lord! I neither desire for empire and material realm nor
liberation or mukti, my soul longs for the love of your lotus feet.
Celebrating Diwali and Lightening a Deeva in true sense is acquiring divine
knowledge and being selfless, tolerant, humble, kind and sweet spoken. That
leads one to become one with Waheguru (god).
Pray to God on this beautiful occasion of Diwali to give us light, to give
us understanding, so that we may know what pleaseth thee, and may all (all
whole mankind) prosper by the Grace.
Waheguru ji Ka Khalsa, (Hail God's Khalsa)
Waheguru ji ki Fateh. (Victory be to God)
Bahula Thrayodasi / Dhantheran
/ Kali Puja
| Divvela Panduga / Divili
| Deva Divali
| Karthigai Deepam
Bandi Chhor Diwas
| Varsha Pratipada/
Bali Padyam / Bali Pratipada
Yamadwitheya / Bhathru Dwithiya
| Bhathru Dwithiya
| Tulsi Vivah