To mark the 484th birth anniversary of fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ram Das, Nagar kirtans, Akhand path and many other events are being organized not at just national level but worldwide.The religious procession commenced from Akal Takht where the Head Granthi of Golden Temple, Giani Jagtar Singh, placed Guru Granth Sahib in the palanquin.
Followers and other devotees from all around the world are celebrated this day with lot of enthusiasm specially in Golden temple in Amritsar.Since the fourth Sikh master, Guru Ramdas laid its foundation 440 years ago, the holy city of Amritsar is historically known as Ramdaspur and colloquially referred to as Ambarsar.Guru Ram Das was the fourth of the ten Gurus of Sikhism born on 24 September 1534 in a poor Hindu family in Lahore. His earlier name was Jetha, he was orphaned at age 7. At age 12, Bhai Jetha and his grandmother moved to Goindval, where they met Guru ram das. The boy thereafter accepted Guru Amar Das as mentor and served him. The daughter of Guru Amar Das married Bhai Jetha, and he thus became part of Guru Amar Das’s family. As with the first two Gurus of Sikhism, Guru Amar das instead of choosing his own sons, chose Bhai Jetha as his successor and renamed him as Ram Das or “servant or slave of god. Ram Das became the Guru of Sikhism in 1574 and served as the Sikh leader until his death ( Shaheedi) in 1581.Of his three sons, Guru Ram Das chose Arjan, the youngest, to succeed him as the fifth Sikh Guru. The choice of successor, as throughout most of the history of Sikh Guru successions, led to disputes and internal divisions among the Sikhs.
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