Bandi Chhor Divas

Bandi Chhor Divas

Bandi Chhor Divas, celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus on the same day as Diwali, falls on 1st November this year. Known as the “Day of Liberation,” it holds a special place in the hearts of Sikhs as it marks the moment when Guru Hargobind, their sixth spiritual leader, was released from imprisonment and returned to Amritsar in 1619. A symbol of justice, compassion and unity, it commemorates Guru Hargobind’s fight for the rights of the oppressed.


What’s inspiring about this story is the Guru’s commitment to not only securing his own freedom but also the 52 Hindu princes who shared his captivity. When Emperor Jahangir proposed that only those who clung to the Guru’s coat could be set free, he responded with an act of solidarity – adorning a special cloak with 52 tassels, ensuring that every prince could leave alongside him. Today poignantly reminds us of the values of freedom and human rights.


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Learn More: www.sikhcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/SikhCelebrations-Bandi-Chhor-Divas-Electronic-GC.pdf

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