Government of India has decided to declare Gatka as a national sport.The Gatka is a traditional combat training.This Sikh Shastar Vidiya developed during 15th century. Gatka is a unique art to defend.
In 2008, India included Gatka in its national sports category.
Guru Angad Dev Ji, encouraged followers to train the body physically, mentally and spiritually. It is said that after completing discourses in spiritual enlightenment, the Guru would ask his students to wrestle and partake in other physical activities.
Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji propagated the theory of the warrior saint and emphasised the need for his followers to practice fighting for self-defence. After the martyrdom of his father and fifth Guru, Guru Hargobind Sahib JiGuru Arjan Dev Ji , Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji took up arms in order to protect the future generation of Sikhs and to stand against tyranny and oppression.
During the later 17th century, the Sikhs were responsible for defending India’s north from foreign conquerors.The best thing of this sport is that whether is a boy or girl, Sikh or non-Sikh, they are all given the same uniform and weapons and there is no difference between them.
The main aim of promoting Gatka is to keep it alive because it is a rich heritage.
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