Today, let’s visit the birthplace of the Khalsa, and the first place Vaisakhi was celebrated by Sikhs – Anandpur Sahib. Day Three of our 13 Days of Vaisakhi Countdown is the perfect day to learn about this historic city and Gurudwara.
It’s inside the city of Anandpur Sahib that the Khalsa Panth was born. Guru Gobind Singh created Khalsa, the Sikh community in 1699 on the day of Vaisakhi at a place that later became known as Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib. It is at Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib that Guru Gobind Singh initiated the Panj Pyare and created Khalsa.
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Short story about first Vaisakhi:
While most of us know Vaisakhi to be the day Guru Gobind Singh birthed Khalsa and gave amrit to the Panj Pyare in 1699, Vaisakhi was a day that was celebrated by many people all over India, not just Sikhs. Vaisakhi was an annual spring harvest festival that was celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists in many cities across India. It was seen as the solar new year in a lot of cultures.
As well, Vaisakhi was a harvest festival celebrated by many people in Northern India, especially farmers. It was a day to celebrate the hard work of farmers and the ripening of their rabi crops, which included barley, wheat, oat, and mustard.
In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh chose Vaisakhi as the date to mark the birth of Khalsa, the Sikh community and create the first few baptized Sikhs, known as the Panj Pyare.