West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday remembered the 10th and the last guru of Sikh community, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, on his 351st birthday anniversary.
Banerjee wrote on Twitter; “Heartiest greetings on the 351st birthday of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji”.
Heartiest greetings on the 351st birthday of Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji pic.twitter.com/CET30uXG7p
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) January 5, 2018
Guru Gobind Singh was the tenth guru of the Sikh community. He was the founder of the Sikh warrior community called Khalsa in 1699 and introduced the Five Ks— the five principle of life, the articles of faith the Sikhs wear all the times.
The saint-soldier was born in Patna on 22 December 22, 1666, and was the only son of the ninth guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur and Mata Gujri. In 2018, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti falls on January 5.
He became the tenth Sikh guru at the age of nine. His birth anniversary is marked as Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti.
Controversy behind Parkash Utsav
In 2017, Akal Takht had announced that Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary would be celebrated as per the Bikrami calendar on December 25, rejecting SGPC’s proposal to follow Nanakshahi calendar in celebrating “Parkash Utsav”.
Earlier, in a executive body meeting, SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar had suggested to Akal Takht to celebrate Gurpurb on January 5 instead of December 25 as it coincided with the shaheedi saptah (martyrdom week).
The shaheedi saptah was celebrated from December 22 (the martyrdom day of Guru’s elder sons Ajit Singh and Jhujhar Singh) to December 27 (the martyrdom day of the Guru’s younger sons Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh).