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Guru Nanak Dev Ji

1st Sikh Guru

– Guru from 1469 - 1539
– Guru ji mastered Punjabi, Sanskrit and Persian at an early age and in childhood revolted against ritualism, caste, prejudices, hypocrisy and idolatry
– Guru Nanak taught us the lesson of Kirat Karo , Naam Jaapo and Wand Chako.


Guru Angad Dev Ji

2nd Sikh Guru

– Guru from 1539 to 1552
– Guru Angad invented and introduced the Gurmukhi (written form of Punjabi) script and made it known to all Sikhs.
– He popularized and expanded the institution of 'Guru ka Langar' started by Guru Nanak Sahib earlier.


Guru Amar Das Ji

3rd Sikh Guru

– Guru from 1552 to 1574
– Guru Amardas took up cudgels of spirituality to fight against caste restrictions, caste prejudices and the curse of untouchability.
– He thus established social equality amongst the people. Guru Amardas introduced the Anand Karaj marriage ceremony for the Sikhs, replacing the Hindu form.


Guru Amar Das Ji

4th Sikh Guru

– Guru from 1574 to 1581
– Guru ji founded the city of Amritsar and started the construction of the famous Golden Temple at Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikhs. He requested the, Muslim Sufi, Mian Mir to lay the cornerstone of the Harmandir Sahib.
– The temple remains open on all sides and at all times to everyone. This indicates that the Sikhs believe in One God who has no partiality for any particular place, direction or time.


Guru Arjan Dev Ji

5th Sikh Guru

– Guru from 1581 to 1606
– Guru ji compiled the Adi Granth, the scriptures of the Sikhs, and wrote the Sukhmani Sahib. To make it a universal teaching, Guru ji included in it hymns of Muslim saints as well those of low-caste pariah saints who were never permitted to enter various temples.
– Guru ji became the first great martyr in Sikh history when Emperor Jahangir ordered his execution.


Guru Har Gobind Ji

6th Sikh Guru

– Guru from 1606 to 1644
– Guru ji was the son of Guru Arjan Dev and was known as a "soldier saint," Guru Hargobind ji organised a small army, explaining that extreme non-violence and pacifism would only encourage evil and so the principles of Miri-Piri were established.
– Guru ji taught that it was necessary to take up the sword in order to protect the weak and the oppressed. Guru ji was first of the Gurus to take up arms to defend the faith. At that time it was only emperors who were allowed to sit on a raised platform, called a takhat or throne.


Guru Har Rai ji

7th Sikh Guru

– Guru from 1644 to 1661
– Guru ji spent most of his life in devotional meditation and preaching the teachings of Guru Nanak.
– Guru Har Rai Ji was a man of peace, he never disbanded the armed Sikh Warriors (Saint Soldiers), who earlier were maintained by his grandfather, Guru Hargobind. He always boosted the military spirit of the Sikhs, but he never himself indulged in any direct political and armed controversy with the Mughal Empire. Guru ji cautiously avoided conflict with Emperor Aurangzeb and devoted his efforts to missionary work.


Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji

8th Sikh Guru

– Guru from 1661 to 1664
– Guru ji was the youngest of the Gurus.
– To the Sikhs he proved to be the very symbol of service, purity and truth. The Guru gave his life while serving and healing the epidemic-stricken people in Delhi. The young Guru began to attend the sufferers irrespective of cast and creed. Particularly, the local Muslim population was much impressed with the purely humanitarian deeds of the Guru Sahib and nicknamed him Bala Pir (child prophet).


Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji

9th Sikh Guru

– Guru from 1665 to 1675
– Guru ji established the town of Anandpur. The Guru laid down his life for the protection of the Hindu religion, their Tilak (devotional forehead markings) and their sacred (janeau) thread. He was a firm believer in the right of people to the freedom of worship.
–It was for this cause that he faced martyrdom for the defence of the down-trodden Hindus. So pathetic was the torture of Guru Tegh Bahadur that his body had to be cremated clandestinely (a follower burned down his own home to cremate the Guru's body) at Delhi while his severed head was secretly taken four hundred kilometers away to Anandpur Sahib for cremation. Because of his refusal to convert to Islam a threatened forced conversion of the Hindus of Kashmir was thwarted.


Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji

9th Sikh Guru

– Guru from 1675 to 1708
– Guru ji created the Khalsa (The Pure Ones) in 1699, changing the Sikhs into a saint-soldier order with special symbols and sacraments for protecting themselves. After the Guru had administered Amrit to his Five Beloved Ones, he stood up in supplication and with folded hands, begged them to baptize him in the same way as he had baptized them. He himself became their disciple (Wonderful is Guru Gobind Singh, himself the Master and himself the disciple). The Five Beloved Ones were astonished at such a proposal, and represented their own unworthiness, and the greatness of the Guru, whom they deemed God's representative upon earth. He gave the Sikhs the name Singh (lion) or Kaur (princess).


Guru Granth Sahib Ji

11th Sikh Guru

– Guru from 1708 to eternity
– Guru Granth Sahib (also known as the Adi Granth) is the scripture of the Sikhs.It is considered the Supreme Spiritual Authority and Head of the Sikh religion, rather than any living person. It is also the only scripture of its kind which not only contains the works of its own religious founders but also the writings of people of other faiths.