Vaisakhi and Khalsa Sirjana Divas is on Thursday, April 14. The festival is especially important as it marks the establishment of the Khalsa, which is also termed Khalsa Sirjana Divas and falls on the first day of Vaisakh, which is the second month of the Nanakshahi calendar. On Vaisakhi day in 1699 at Anandpur Sahib, Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj with sword in his hand, asked the gathered congregation that he needs a head. There was a big silence, but the Guru went on repeating his demand. One Sikh finally came forward and followed the Guru into a tent. Shortly after, the Guru reappeared alone with his sword covered in blood, and asked for a second volunteer. Another Sikh stepped forward and again the Guru took him into the tent, and re-appeared alone with his sword covered with blood. This was repeated until five Sikhs had offered their heads for the Guru. Finally, the Guru emerged from the tent with all five men and called the five Sikhs the Panj Pyare, the Five Beloved Ones. Guru Sahib then prepared the Amrit and baptized the Panj Pyare in a unique ceremony called pahul. Guru Sahib then knelt before the five and asked them to baptize him as well, presenting the concept of “Aape Gur Chela” to the world.
ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੪ ॥
ਆਪੇ ਗੁਰੁ ਚੇਲਾ ਹੈ ਆਪੇ ਆਪੇ ਹਰ ਿਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਚੋਜ ਵਡਾਨੀ ॥
He Himself is the Guru, and He Himself is the disciple; the Lord God Himself plays His wondrous games.
Join us at Palatine Gurdwara to celebrate this auspicious occasion. There will be special diwan on Thursday April 14th from 6:30 pm. The celebrations will continue during the weekend with Amrit Sanchar, Nishan Sahib Seva on Sunday April 17th