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The establishment of the Khalsa Panth [1699]
BAISAKHI, a seasonal festival popular in the Punjab which takes place on the First day of the solar month of Baisakh (Sanskrit Vaisakha, so called because according to astrological calculations, the moon at this time passes through visakha naksatra or constellation) of the Indian calendar. Traditionally, the festival was celebrated as the harbinger of happiness and plenty being closely connected with harvesting. To ward off malignant spirits ruinous to the harvest, a ritual dance preceded the festivities. In the central districts of Gujrariwala, Sialkot and Gurdaspur as also in parts of Jammu, the popular dance form was, and still is, bhangra.
The establishment of the Khalsa Panth [1699]
PANJ MUKTE, lit. five (panj) liberated ones (mukte), is how a batch of five Sikhs, who according to Bhai Daya Singh`s Rahitndmd, were the first after the Panj Piare to receive the rites of Khalsa initiation at the hands of Guru Gobind Singh on the historic Baisakhi day of AD 1699. They were Ram Singh, Fateh Singh, Deva Singh, Tahil Singh and Isar Singh. According to Bhai Chaupa Singh, the Rahitndmd Hazuri, usually ascribed to him, was originally drafted by the muktds.
The establishment of the Khalsa Panth [1699]
PANJ PIARE (lit. the five beloved), name given to the five Sikhs, Bhai Daya Singh, Bhai Dharam Singh, Bhai Himmat Singh, Bhai Muhkam Singh and Bhai Sahib Singh, who were so designated by Guru Gobind Singh at the historic divan at Anandpur Sahib on 30 March 1699 and who formed the nucleus of the Khalsa as the first batch to receive at his hands khande dipdhul, i.e. rites of the two edged sword. In Sikh theology, as in the Indian classical tradition generally, panj or Ranch, the numeral five, has a special significance. Guru Nanak inJapu refers to five khands, i.e. stages or steps in spiritual development, and calls a spiritually awakened person a panch. The ancient Indian sociopolitical institution panchdyat meant a council of five elders.
 

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