PANJ PYARE

Bhai Daya Singh (1661 – 1708 CE),Bhai Dharam Singh (1699 – 1708 CE),Bhai Himmat Singh (1661 – 1705 CE),Bhai Muhkam Singh (1663 – 1705 CE),Bhai Sahib Singh (1662 – 1705 CE).

In Sikh tradition, the Panj Pyare is the term used for the Five Beloved the men who were initiated into the khalsa (the brotherhood of the Sikh faith) under the leadership of the last of the ten Gurus, Gobind Singh The Panj Pyare are deeply revered by Sikhs as symbols of steadfastness and devotion.

According to tradition, Gobind Singh was proclaimed as Guru of the Sikhs upon the death of his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, who refused to convert to Islam. At this time in history, Sikhs seeking escape from persecution by Muslims often returned to Hindu practice. To preserve the culture, Guru Gobind Singh at a meeting of the community asked for five men willing to surrender their lives for him and the cause. With great reluctance by nearly everyone, eventually, five volunteers stepped forward and were initiated into the khalsa—the special group of Sikh warriors.The original five beloved Panj Pyare played a vital role in the shaping Sikh history and defining Sikhism.

These spiritual warriors vowed not only to fight adversaries on the battlefield but to combat the inner enemy, egoism, with humility through service to humanity and efforts to abolish caste. They performed the original Amrit Sanchar (Sikh initiation ceremony), baptizing Guru Gobind Singh and about 80,000 others on the festival of Vaisakhi in 1699.Each of the five Panj Pyare is revered and carefully studied to this day. All five Panj Pyare fought beside Guru Gobind Singh and the Khalsa in the siege of Anand Pur sahib and helped the guru to escape from the battle of Chamkaur sahib in December 1705.Panj pyaare:

Bhai Daya Singh (1661 – 1708 CE),Bhai Dharam Singh (1699 – 1708 CE),Bhai Himmat Singh (1661 – 1705 CE),Bhai Muhkam Singh (1663 – 1705 CE),Bhai Sahib Singh (1662 – 1705 CE).

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