Maghi

Maghi

January-February; during Sikh month of Magh
Guru Gobind Singh and his Khalsa, a defense militia of "soldier-saints" he formed, were attacked by the Mughal army at Anandpur. It is said that 40 of his close followers let fear get the best of them and ran away, but they later repented and joined the Guru at Muktsar. There they gave their lives in the Battle of Muktsar in December 1705—an act of self-sacrifice that enabled them to achieve liberation from the cycle of rebirth.
Maghi is a day for honoring these men, who are now known as the Forty Immortals. Sikhs in India and elsewhere observe the holiday by visiting their local gurdwara (house of worship) and listening to the recitation of sacred hymns. The observance is particularly solemn at Muktsar in Punjab State, India, where the slaughter occurred.
CONTACTS:
Punjab Tourism Development Corp.
SCO-183-184
Sector 8-C
Chandigarh, Punjab 160 018 India
91-172-781138; fax: 91-172-548828
punjabgovt.nic.in/TOURISM/ContactAddresses.htm
SOURCES:
RelHolCal-2004, p. 205
SikhFest-1989, p. 43
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