Bachitira Natak – The Pious Living of Guru Gobind Singh Ji


India is a land of cultures and beliefs and home of many pilgrimage sites. Hemkund Sahib is a famous pilgrimage site for the Sikhs. This Sikh worship place Gurudwara is nestled in the Chamoli district, Uttarakhand in India. Hemkund is mainly derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Hem’ means snow and ‘Kund’ means bowl. According to the Dasam Granth, it is believed that this was the place where Pandu Raja practiced yoga. The important shrine for the Sikhs is devoted to the tenth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji and his name is mentioned in the Dasam Granth.

Talking about the life of Guru Gobind Singh, Bachitira Natak is an autobiographical note of the pious living of this powerful youth, who existed during the era of Satyug, the age of truth. According to Hindu Mythology, this sacred person battled with the fierce and cruel demons that once used to terrorize the Hindu saints, deities and gods. After the destruction of these cruel creatures, this powerful youth came to be known as Dusht Daman, the destroyer of evils.

Later he thought of meditating, and proceeded towards the Hemkund until he was called upon by the divine power, God. After merging and unified with God through continuous meditation and ascetic discipline, he was remortalized and reborn in Kalyug, also known as the era of darkness, as the devoted son of ninth Guru and his wife.

Guru Gobind Singh describes the place of Hemkund as the lake of ice and mountains adorned with seven peaks. This was the place where the glorious Guru after intense meditation, acquired the status of pious ‘Guruji’ for the goodwill of the world.

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