Patna Harmandir Ji Sahib Gurudwara is all decked up to celebrate 'Prakash Purab', which marks the 354th birth anniversary of tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. The three-day celebration will conclude on January 20. Guru Gobind Singh Ji was the only son of Guru Tegh Bahadur (the ninth Sikh Guru) and Mata Gujri. He was born in Patna, and the Takht Sri Patna Harimandar Sahib in the city is dedicated to him. He was anointed as the tenth Sikh Guru at the tender age of nine after his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, was beheaded under Mughal ruler Aurangzeb's orders.
Guru Gobind Singh institutionalised the Khalsa or the warrior community after choosing five men who volunteered to sacrifice their head. The five men, who were willing to give away their lives are referred to as the Panj Pyare or the first five Khalsa. He blessed the five men with Amrit (water mixed with sugar) and gave them the Singh (lion) title. Subsequently, he asked them to make him a Khalsa. The Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib near Anandpur, in the Indian state of Punjab, is said to be the place where the event took place. Sikhs gather here annually to celebrate the Hola Mohalla, a three-day festival during Holi.