Baisakhi Legends

Baisakhi LegendsBaisakhi has a special significance for the Sikhs. On this day in 1699, their tenth Guru, Gobind Singh, organized the order of the Khalsa. He terminated the tradition of Gurus in Sikhism by declaring the Granth Sahib to be the eternal Guru of all Sikhs. He asked his followers to volunteer to be ready to lay down their lives to save others for the Khalsa Panth. As per another factual legend, Guru Arjan Dev was martyred by the Muslim rulers who threw him alive into a huge container of boiling oil.
Another time, on this day in 1875, Swami Dayanand Saraswati founded the Arya Samaj-a reformed sect of Hindus. This sect was devoted to the Vedas for spiritual guidance and discarded idol worship.
This day is of immense religious import to the Buddhists also as this day, as believed, Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment or Nirvana under the Mahabodhi tree in Gaya. This day is also celebrated as Buddha Purnima is some parts of the country.

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