New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Guru Ram Das was the fourth of the ten gurus of Sikhism. Born as Jetha, at the age of 12 he accepted Guru Amar Das as a mentor and was later married to his daughter, making him a member of the family of Guru Amar Das. Before the death of Guru Amar Das, he chose Bhai Jetha as his successor and renamed him Ram Das, which means “servant of God”. Since then he was known as Guru Ram Das and became the fourth guru of Sikhism in 1574.
Guru Ram Das Jayanti 2021 is one of the important days for all Sikhs because on this day they honor him for his contributions to the Sikh community. Although he was born on September 24, 1534, his followers celebrate his birthday on October 9.
As the Sikh community celebrates their birthday, here’s everything you need to know about the fourth Sikh guru.
Who was Guru Ram Das?
Born September 24, 1534 to a Sodhi Khatri family in Chuna Mandi, Lahore. His father Hari Das and his mother Daya Kaur died when he was only 7 years old. He was raised by his grandmother and at the age of 12 he accepted Guru Amar Das as a mentor. Guru Ram Das had three sons among whom Guru Arjan, his youngest son became the fifth Guru after his death.
After becoming the fourth guru of the Sikh community, he faced hostility from the sons of guru Amar Das and for this reason he changed and formed his official base in another city. The newly discovered city was called Ramdaspur but was later renamed Amritsar, the holiest city of the Sikh community.
During his lifetime he did many noble works, among which was the expansion of the Manji organization for clerical appointments and fundraising to support the Sikh movement theologically and economically.
Guru Ram Das Jayanti 2021: History
To remember Guru Ram Das’ contribution to the Sikh community, his devotees will mark his birthday on October 9 this year. His contributions are known to his devotees and this makes him one of the special gurus of the Sikhs. He established the missionary command and wrote approximately 688 hymns. His writings were about loyalty, love and commitment to society.
Guru Ram Das Day Jayati 2021: Celebration
The preparation for his birthday begins 11 days before Guru Ram Das Jayanti. A religious group named Sangat performs Rehras and sings hymns of Guru Ram Das called Shabad. In addition, on this day, devotees visit Gurudwaras and seek his blessings.