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Sangata Nuo Lakh Lakh Vadaiya hovaie- bandi chorr divas di.


The release of Guru Hargobind Ji, the sixth guru of the Sikhs, from

Gwalior Fort coincides with festival of Diwali. This coincidence has

resulted in similarity of celebration and harmony amongst Sikhs and

Hindus. Guru Hargobind was imprisoned by Jehangir the emperor of

India for preaching oneness of God, oneness of human race, love and

service to all. Guru Ji refused to be freed unless the 52 Hindu Rajas

(vassal kings) imprisoned with him were released. The emperor agreed

to release those Rajas who could walk out holding Guru's Chola (long

gown). Guru Ji prepared a special gown having 52 strings and got the

release of Rajas in 1619. When the Guru came to Amritsar the whole

city was tastefully lighted up to welcome him. It is due to getting

the release of 52 Hindu Rajas that Guru Hargobind Ji is revered as

Bandi Chhorh (Liberator of detainees) and the day is celebrated as

the "Bandi Chhorh Divas" (the day of release of detainees) signifying

selfless service and universal brotherhood.

The martyrdom of Bhai Mani Singh, the Head Granthi (Head Priest) of

Golden Temple Amritsar is also commemorated on Diwali day, which is

celebrated as Bandi Chhorh Diwas. Bhai Mani Singh was great scholar

who transcribed the final version of Guru Granth Sahib upon dictation

from Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1704. The Mogul governor of Punjab

martyred him for staying steadfast in his faith in 1737.

The essence of celebrating the Festival of Lights lies in

enlightening ourselves by acquiring the virtues of being kind,

humble, meek, tolerant, selfless, sweet spoken. Guru Nanak Dev Ji

tells us in Sri Guru Granth which lamp is to be lit. He says, God's

Name (divine devotion) is my lamp to be lighted in the mind. I have

put the oil of suffering; ego, jealousy, anger, lust, and greed into

it. Its flame has dried up this oil, and I have escaped facing the

Messenger of Death and attained union with God.

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