Dussherra - Importance in Sikhism

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Please listen to the katha by Giani Baba Inderjit Singh Ji, it is about 20mins in length but it covers why Gurpurabs are celebrated, why Dusshera is celebrated in the Sikh tradition, why and how Hanuman was granted a Kachera by Ram Chandra Ji, and Shastar Pooja [worship of weapons] during Dusshera.

This is an important katha to listen to for those who think the celebrating of Dusshera is not part of the Sikh tradition.

Bansavalinama written in 1769 CE by Kesar Singh Chibber also mentions the celebrating of Dusshera. Kesar Singh Ji writes:

ਦੁਸਹਰੇ ਦੇ ਦਿਨ ਪੂਜਾ ਸ਼ਸਤ੍ਰਾਂ ਦੀ ਕਰਨ । ਚੰਡੀਪਾਠ ਕੀਤਾ ਰਸਨਾ ਦਾ ਉਚਾਰਨ ।
On the days of Dusshera, worship your weapons. From your mouths you should recite the ballads of Chandi [Chandi Chritars and Chandi Di Vaar].

ਧੂਪ ਦੀਪ, ਪੁਸ਼ਪ, ਬਹੁਤ ਹੋਵੈ ਸੁਗੰਧਿ । ਕੇਸਰ, ਚੰਦਨ, ਚਉਰ ਝੁਲੰਤ ।੩੯੦।
[Worship your weapons by using] lots of Incense, Gee-lamps, flowers and nice fragrances. [Use] Saffron, Sandalwood and a Wisk to wave [above your weapons].

- Bansavalinama pg. 161 ਬੰਸਾਵਲੀਨਾਮਾ ਪਨਾ ੧੬੧

The tradition of celebrating Dusshera continues today in the Sikh tradition followed by most noteably the Budha Dal Nihung Sikhs and Takht Hazur Sahib, who recite Chandi Chritars and Chandi Di Vaar, along with Raam-avatar [a section from Dasam Sri Guru Granth Sahib which deals with the life story of Ram Chandra] and a pothi called Dusshera Mahatam, which is a pothi with various shabads in it dealing with the occasion. This year Dusshera will be held on Sunday October 17th.

For those who think lowly of Raam Chandra, they should ponder over the works of Bhai Gurdas Ji where he writes:

ਰਾਮਚੰਦੁ ਨਿਰਮਲੁ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਧਰਮਹੁ ਸਾਇਰ ਪਥਰ ਤਰਣਾ ॥
Ram was a spotless person and due to his sense of dharma (responsibility), even the stones floated in ocean.

ਬੁਰਿਆਈਅਹੁ ਰਾਵਣ ਗਇਆ ਕਾਲਾ ਟਿਕਾ ਪਰ ਤ੍ਰਿਅ ਹਰਣਾ ॥
On account of wickedness Ravan went away (was killed) with the stigma of stealing another’s wife.

ਰਾਮਾਇਣੁ ਜੁਗਿ ਜੁਗਿ ਅਟਲੁ ਸੇ ਉਧਰੇ ਜੋ ਆਏ ਸਰਣਾ ॥
Ramayan (the story of Ram) is ever firm (in the mind of people) and whosoever seeks shelter (in it) goes across (the world ocean).

ਜਸ ਅਪਜਸ ਵਿਚਿ ਨਿਡਰ ਡਰਣਾ ॥
Dharma-abiding people earn glory in the world and those who undertake evil adventures get infamy.(18)

To view the shabad click here: http://sikhitothemax.com/page.asp?ShabadID=6249

The above is a painting of Ram Chandar [on the right] shooting an arrow which would kill the 10-headed Demon King Ravan [on the left]

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