Guru Arjan Dev Ji Shaheedi 2021

Shri Guru Arjan Dev ji's shaheedi diwas is coming in a few weeks and this gurpurab is celebrated by the sikhs all over the world with respect and devotion. On this page, we will share some important information about martyrdom (shaheedi) of Guru Arjan Dev Ji, date of shaheedi diwas in 2021, teachings/bani of guru ji and dates of other gurpurab like birthday anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev ji.

Who was Guru Arjan Dev ji?

Sri Guru Arjan Dev ji was born in April 1563 in Govindval, India. His parents: Father Sri Guru Ramdas Ji (Fourth Guru of Sikhs) and Mother: Mata Bhani ji (daughter of Guru Amardas ji, third Guru of Sikhs).
His life : After the demise of Guru Ramdas ji, he became the fifth guru of Sikhs and shown the sikhs a great spiritual path to follow.
He laid the foundation of Shri Harmandir Sahib (popularly known as The Golden Temple). He also compiled the sikh holiy scripture called Adi Granth and installed it in Shri Harmandir Sahib. He gave the idea of four doors to welcome the people of every caste and from every direction. A symbol of equality. Baba Budha ji was the first granthi of Harmandir Sahib.
Guru Arjan Dev Ji explained the Sikh way of life to the people through his compositions. He composed many hymns, more than 2000 of which are part of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and he is also the author of Sukhmani Sahib bani.
Sukhmani Sukh Amrit Prabh Naam, Bhagat Jana k Mann Bisaram
He created the principle of Dasvand, which suggested the Sikhs to donate one-tenth of their earnings to the charity.

Guru Arjan Dev Ji Shaheedi Date 2021

The date of Guru Arjan Dev ji's shaheedi diwas in 2021 is Monday, 14 June 2021. According to desi calendar, the shaheedi gurpurab of Guru Arjan Dev ji is observed on Jeth Sudi 4, which falls on 14th June in the current year.

Guru Arjan Dev ji was the first martyr of sikh faith, who was executed on the orders of mughal emperor Jahangir. As described earlier, Guru ji wrote many hymns to spread the message of sikhism. Many people were following the teachings of Guru Arjan Dev ji and mughal rulers were afraid at the growth of sikh religion. Then mughal emperor Jahangir, like his ancestors, was a staunch follower of Islam. He did not like the compositions of Guru ji and demanded to erase a few of the hymns which he found offensive to Islam. He also tried to convert guru ji to follow Islam.
Jahangir got annoyed when he failed to convert him to Islam and took him in his custody. He started torturing Guru ji so that he would change his religion. Guru Arjan Dev ji was not given anything to eat or drink. He was not allowed to sleep or rest even. Guru ji beared everything calmly and kept narratinng Waheguru...Waheguru and shabad Tera kiya meetha lagey, har naam padarath nanak mangey. He was made to sit on a burning hot plate while hot sand was poured over his burnt body. And hence became a martyr on Jeth Sudi 4th, the third month of sikh calendar.
The Gurudwara Dera Sahib in Lahore (Pakistan) is situated at the place of martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev ji. Every year, a sikh jatha from India visits this gurudwara to commemorate the shaheedi diwas.
This Gurpurab is observed with much enthusiasm and religious fervour at Shri Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), Amritsar. Sikh sangat from across the world come to Amritsar to take part in the gurpurab celebrations with respect and devotion. Devotees take a dip in the holy sarovar (pool) located inside the premises of Shri Harmandir Sahib, offer prayers and seek blessings of Guru ji on the occasion of shaheedi diwas of Guru Arjan Dev ji.
As this Gurpurab is observed in the peak summer season, so sikhs organize 'Chabeel' (free service of cold & sweetened water) at many places in the memory of guru ji. The Chabeels are organized at many places, mainly along the highways or main roads to serve the travellers with cold/sweet water during the hot months of June/July.
The dates of other Gurpurabs, associated with Shri Guru Arjan Dev ji, are given below:
  • Parkash Diwas - 3 May 2021
  • Shaheedi Diwas - 14 June 2021
  • Gurgaddi Diwas - 8 September 2021