LET THIS VAISAKHI FESTIVAL ON 13TH APRIL BE AS A SINCERE PRAYER TO ALMIGHTY GOD FOR WELLNESS OF ALL THE CREATIONS

LET THIS VAISAKHI FESTIVAL  BE AS A PRAY TO ALMIGHTY GOD FOR WELLNESS AND GOOD HEALTH OF HUMANITY & ALL THE CREATIONS

BAISAKHI or VAISAKHI



Evidently, fact remains
That we are passing through the most trying moments
When we are fighting a real battle
With the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic
A hidden foe which attacks
Without bias of any kind
Yet, we have to bear in mind; hope lingers with life
And we should not forget our renowned historical festival and events
Which we usually commemorate
Owing to one sound reason or other
Though this time, there will not be any fair or gathering
Yet we can at least keep remembering
About the historical and traditional values
We attach with the festival as Vaisakhi
Which marks ushering in of New Year – Vaisakh
While wishing all Happy New Year
Of Vikrami Samvat Calendar
A lunar calendar based on ancient Hindu tradition of yore,
Falling, surprising on 13th April on every year!
When new resolutions are made by the general masses
This year, though, the resolutions
Are of different sorts
These are for prayers to Almighty God
To keep the humanity in general immune
From the virulence of the Covid-19
A prayer for our children and the old ones
For their good health and wellness.
A festival Vasaikhi is celebrated variously in different regions.
Whilst the farmers toil in the fields on months on ends,
Tilling their lands from morning till late in the evening,
Occasionally forgetting even their meals,
Sow seeds and water the crop that grows,
Taking care for the crop in the fields,
Observes its growth with keenness,
So that his crop’s yield may increase,
Like he observes the growth of his dear ones at home.
On this auspicious day the farmers,
Having collected all the harvested crops
I also prayer for the farmers and their love ones
For their good health, wellness
Because if the yields in the fields is good
Then we shall be able to get the required food
At the cheaper rates.
The farmers in their normal times,
Join together in singing and merrymaking with full gusto,
Celebrate Baisakha with Bhangra by the males
And Gidha by females at full throttle,
In their colourful mesmeric folk attires,
Distributing sweets and good wishes in delight,
At the holy monuments of ‘pirs’ and ‘fakirs’,
Known for their sacredness across all religions,
Offer prayers for the prosperity all around,
And also for their crop yield to grow, years after years.
The nature too is at its colorful best,
With flowers giving out fragrance all around,
The blanket of greenery spreading far and wide,
Everywhere your eyes could see, all across,
Making the environs invigorating and joyous indeed,
Surprisingly, without even intoxicating agent!
This day too has a history of its own,
Guru Gobind Singh established Khalsa Panth
On this day in 1699,
To bestow security to the hapless,
Along with meeting the needs of the needy,
People too gather in various Gurudwaras,
And offer prayers,
Shri Golden Temple emits its splendour as ever,
Devout take a dip in the holy tank,
And pray for wellbeing of their nears and dears.

Although, Vaisakhi which is on 13th April 2020, would not be held in the form of fair or large congregation but it is fitness of things to remember about this festival and the importance of this day. It is the start of Baisakh, The New Year which bestows us opportunity of passing new resolution for the year ahead; as is usually done after 1st of January every year. Therefore, though, no fair or gathering would be held because of LOCKDOWN conditions, yet, we can determine to make the lockdown condition a success and make the percept of JAAN HE TO JAHAN HE (If life is there we can get what we want) and hope lingers with life.

LET THIS CELEBRATION BE FOR GOOD HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF ALL CREATIONS

India is a land of festivals. All festivals are in commemoration of certain historical events, change of season, cultural and religious events, traditional based et al. The well-known amongst several ones are Dussehra, Diwali, Eid, Gurpurbh, Lohri, Holi and others having regional leanings. In all these festivals, people of all hues celebrate with gaiety and religious fervour. Baisakhi is generally celebrated in Northern India on 13th OR 14th April every year. It is also a starting of New Year of Vikrami Samvat Calendar.

In India, there are fairs and festivals which are celebrated on the occasion of season change and on the occasion of name of some religious festivals or national festivals. Vaisaikhi is celebrated on the Vikrami Samvat; the start of the new year. Factually this is a spring harvest festival.

The Vaisakhi festival too is celebrated in connection with the formation of Khalsa Panth of warriors under the stewardship of Gurru Gobind Singh in 1699. This festival has a special significance for Sikhs, marking the birth of Sikh Order (Order of the Pure Ones) after the execution of Guru Tegh Bahadur who refused to convert himself to Islam on the orders of Mughal Emperior Aurangzeb. Alsom Ranjit Singh was also proclaimed as the Maharaja of the Sikh Empire on 12th April. 1801 which also has its eonnection with Vaisakhi. On this day the Gurdwaras are tastefully decorated and hymens from Sri Granth Sahib are recited with fervor and reverence.

People also bath in holy rivers such as Ganga, Yamuna, Kaveri etc and the devout too visit temples for prayers for seeking wellness of their love ones.

Nagar Kirtan

On this day, Sikh communities Nagar Kirtan in the form of congregations are celebrated.  These are lead by the Five Khalsa termed as Panj Pyaaras. This procession goes from street to street singing prayers from the Sikh Scriptures.

Baisakhi or Vaisakhi: It is celebrated due to the following reasons:-

  • It is celebrated on the occasion of 1st day of Vaisakh month of Vikrami Calendar (samat).
  • BAISAKHI is a seasonal festival and it is especially celebrated in Punjab region and in Jammu province.
  • After harvesting the wheat crop the farmers feel joyous and to express their joy they celebrate it by staging Bhangra in different groups, Bhangra competitions are also held and award presented to the one which wins this competition. This is in the form of fairs (melas) wherein people gather in majority and make merry. Different stalls selling wooden crafts and other household earthen wares are sold there at reasonable prices. Then there are the stalls selling the seasonal fruits like water melon, musk melon etc make brisk sales. All age group people including children enjoy Baisakhi fair.
  • Vaisakhi also affords an opportunity or an occasion to thank God for bestowing the formers with bountiful crops besides praying for more crops in future too.
  • Vaisakhi has special significance for Sikhs since on this day, Khalsa Panth was established by 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. On this day Sadh Sangat take organise religious congregations and sing prayers and rhymes from Sri Granth Sahib.
  • Hindus and Budhists too worship Baisakhi with zeal and jest. Hindus take sacred bath in River Ganges They pray to God for His grace. Even in parts South India this day is celebrated but with different name.

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4 thoughts on “LET THIS VAISAKHI FESTIVAL ON 13TH APRIL BE AS A SINCERE PRAYER TO ALMIGHTY GOD FOR WELLNESS OF ALL THE CREATIONS”

  1. Good morning and thank you very much for this fundamental article, my dear spiritual friend across the oceans. And we have not recurred to the use of the word “fundamental” in a distracted way as I we will elaborate. On one hand we must a you said: “we should not forget our renowned historical festival and events.” You could not have said it better. On the other hand there are some human celebrations, religious or not, that form the very basic “foundation” of our communities; that adjective derives from “fundamentalis” in Latin, which in turn derives from “fundare”, i.e. to lay the groundwork for a building or structure. The very basic foundation of our urban communities had been laid thousands of years ago by hard-working peasants toiling in the fields to supply the aggregation of humans or by their sons who emigrated en masse to help build the cities we are living on. That was starkly in evidence when, unfortunately in a very unwise political move, the government of Prime Minister Modi only gave a few hours warning to the thousands of workers in the urbanized India to quickly return to their villages to pass the pandemic with their proper family support. We are certain that this maladroit move was designed by silly. young bureaucrats who have never set foot in the countryside and do not have the slightest idea of the subterranean dynamics that fostered the quick rate of urbanization of modern India. It has been only possible due to the work and sacrifice of the poor peasants from the hinterland.
    We especially loved the parable comparing your offspring with the growing produce of Mother Earth. “Like a devoted farmer watching his crops, we should watch our children grow healthy and strong.” a father or mother constantly watch his’her children with that loving attention. You know that I am doing the forced isolation with my son Gian Luca. Usually he studies and writes in the patio and I do it in the living room. Many times during the day I discreetly open the connecting door and watch him in silence for a long time. When he “catches” me he asks me: “What are you doing Dad?” I simply say: “watching you, dear son.” Sounds kitsch but it re-energizes my spirit.
    Thank you very much for giving us this historical lesson about the Baisakhi seasonal festival that is typical of the region of Punjab and the province of Jammu, perhaps the most resilient areas of India as they have attracted the attention of all kind of barbarians, starting with the Macedonians of Alexander the Great. Please do not forget to read an comment my blog titled: ‘”After the pandemic, how will our world look like?” Keep brandishing your mighty pen to fight Darkness.
    A big hug. Arrivederci.

    1. Good morning Dr. Sahib.
      The way you have made a dichotomy of my write-up, I am sure, only an expert Doctor can do who knows the autonomy of our body fully. The festivals and fairs are the testimonies of our desire to remain glued to our tradition and culture. There may be variety in cultural modes but spirit behind all remains the same; that is the connect with our roots.
      It was in fact a tactical mistake initially but later on UP CM arranged for thousand of buses and transported these labourers to their respective states during one night only thus saving the day and saving the community spread of the virus. Now that all the labour class is being provided free rations and also some doles for their livelihood.
      Our children are our everything; our life’s earnings since we invest our everything on them and we want them to imbibe everything which is for the good.
      It would be my pleasure in going through the write-up since it would be a learning experience.

      With warm hugs and regards

      HARBANS

      1. Good morning and thank you very much for your kind commentary. I did not know that the Modi government had quickly reacted to fix that problem, not leaving so many millions of citizens stranded in the street. He does really care about the common man and woman. A goo dman
        indeed,
        Thanks for your commentary about my son’s significance (and my daughter too) in my life. We know you feel the same about yours. A big hug.

      2. Good morning Dr. Sahib.

        Today, the lockdown condition has been increased to 3rd May; taking into view the need of isolation till such time any vaccine is found.

        Modi ji is doing his best under the circumstances and conditions relevant to our country.

        His steps taken in the past were suitable for us Indian and let us see if everything goes well in future too.

        Today, I have penned down a write-up on BIRTHS AND DEATH quoting Bhagwad Gita’s verse. Kindly go through and offer your kind commentary.

        Even after trying my utmost I am not able to write on any other subject other than about the present situations and conditions.

        With warm hugs and regards

        HARBANS

        Thanks and regards

        HARBANS

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