History Of Baisakhi
Guru Teg Bahadur offered his life for the freedom of
conscience and conviction of anyone belonging to a faith other than his own.
His spirit of sacrifice and courage was kindled into the . History has
recorded the execution of Guru Teg Bahadur, the ninth guru of the Sikhs, by
the Mughals, on November 11, 1675. In revolt against this in justice, his son
Guru Govind Singh, who was also the tenth guru, was compelled to take up arms.
He selected the auspicious day of Baisakhi for his mission.
After harvesting the winter crop, the farmers of the northern states of Punjab
and Haryana celebrate the beginning of another year. The day coincides with
the solar equinox on the 13th of April. It is also the anniversary of the
creation of the Khalsa Pantha. People collect in the evening around abonfire
to celebrate the harvest. On the 13th of April in 1699, at a meeting in atown
named Anandpur in Punjab, the guru called upon his people to come forward to
sacrifice themselves for the good of the clan. Daya Ram Khatri stood up Guru
took him to a tent near by and returned alone with his sword dripping blood.
The others who offered themselves were Dharm Das, a Jat from Delhi,Mokhan
Chand, a washerman from Dwarka, Sahib Chand a barber from Bidar, and Himmat
Rai, a water carrier from Jagannatha. Each of them went with him to the tent
and every time he turned alone with his bloodied sword. The guru went to the
tent yet again, this time for a long time. He was followed by the five men,
clad in saffron-coloured garments. The crowd was astonished for it had assumed
them to be dead. All those present, irrespective of caste or creed, became
members of the Khalsa Pantha. This was also a great step in national
integration because society at that time was divided on the basis of religion,
caste and social status. Those who had offered their lives were christened the
Panch Pyare. They were directed by the guru to wear five K's: Kesh or long
hair, Kangha or comb, Kripan or dagger, Kachha or shorts and a Kara or
bracelet. To pay tribute to this event, prayer meetings are organised in
gurdwaras across the country.
In Kerala the festival is called Vishu. The people attire themselves in new
clothes, fire crackers etc. Various display programmes are organised known as
Vishu Kani. These are arrangements of flowers, grains, fruits, cloth, gold,
and money are viewed early in the morning, to ensure a year of prosperity. The
temples in Kerala celebrate Pooram festivals usually in honor of Vishnu at
this time. Among them, the Pooram observed in the Vaddakunathan Swamy (Shiva)
temple of Trichur is famous.
In Assam, the festival is called Bohag Bihu, and the community organizes
massive feasts, music, and dancing.
In Tamil Nadu, Baisakhi is celebrated to mark the Tamil and Telugu New Year.
In a ceremonial march, people take out wooden chariots in a procession.
The state of Bihar state celebrates a festival in Vaishakha (April) and
Kartika (November) in honor of the Sun God, Surya, at a place called
Surajpur-Baragaon. This is essentially a village where, according to an
ancient practice, people bathe in the temple tank and pay obeisance to the Sun
God while offering flowers and water from the sacred river Ganga.
Recipes On Baisakhi