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Jaipur celebrates 350th birth anniversary year of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib
The 350th birth anniversary year celebration of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib began in Jaipur with Shabad Kirtan and langar at the residence of the chief minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, on July 15 in which the political leaders, commoners and the members Sikh community of the city took part.

The Union government has allocated Rs 100 crore for the celebration of the 350th birth anniversary year celebration of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib throughout the country. The money allocated to Rajasthan is going to used for setting up a chair dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh Sahib and panoramas in few historical places, it is learned.

Earlier, the 350th Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh ji was celebrated in January 2017 in Patna.  The Union Government had decided that 2017 would be treated as the year of the 350th anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru, a spiritual master, warrior, poet and philosopher.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attended the Prakash Utsav in Patna held at the city's iconic Gandhi Maidan early this year. Several lakh devotees attended the Prakash Utsav at the birth place of the Guru.

The Vice President of India, M Hamid Ansari while inaugurating a seminar on "Guru Gobind Singh: Life and Legacy" in Delhi earlier to mark the Prakash Utsav had said, "As we celebrate this anniversary of this great warrior, spiritual guru and scholar, his life resonates with a universal message. He said 'whole of humanity is the creation of one God'. He showed that the masses can be motivated to rise against tyrants; that there can be no political unity without social cohesiveness; and that religious bigotry and intolerance have no place in the multicultural tapestry of this land."

One may recall that it was in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh Sahib had founded the 'Khalsa' Panth - the 'Pure Ones' or the Brotherhood of Saint Soldiers to fight against tyranny and oppression of Mughal rulers of Delhi against the Hindus.

In this anniversary year, a number of events are being organised to highlight the works and life of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib.

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