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Ornament Depicting Guru Gobind Singh

By December 23, 2012

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Tenth Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa Panth, initiated society of spiritual warriors.
His personal sacrifices insure that Sikhs today live free to worship Ik Onkar.

Commemorating the birth of Guru Gobind Singh is important to Sikhs,
however differences between dating Easter calendars which fluctuate according to lunar and solar influences
coupled with changes from Eastern Julian to Gregorian calendars
have created difficulties with fixing a date to the Nanakshahi Sikhism calendar.

Guru Gobind Singh was born around the time of winter solstice.
When is Guru Gobind Singh's birthday celebrated in 2011 and 2012?

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December 9, 2009 at 1:03 am
(1) Linda Larsen says:

What a beautiful ornament! I wonder what the tassel is made of.

December 9, 2009 at 1:09 am
(2) Phylameana says:

Happy WW. FYI, your hyperlink from the ww image is broken.

December 9, 2009 at 1:09 am
(3) Indrani says:

Looks beautiful piece.

December 9, 2009 at 1:37 am
(4) eastcoastlife says:

That’s a beautiful ornament. Looks expensive to me.
Happy WW!

December 9, 2009 at 1:39 am
(5) Dianne says:

I was wondering about the tassel as well. It’s a lovely ornament.

December 9, 2009 at 1:41 am
(6) Stan says:

It is a pretty piece. Is it for ornamentation or does it have another function?

December 9, 2009 at 1:43 am
(7) Julia @ Easy Eco To Go says:

What a lovely ornament! Ornaments are one of the gifts we’re making for Christmas this year. I had more fun making them then I expected!

et it Snow! – Wordless Wednesday

December 9, 2009 at 1:45 am
(8) Julia @ Easy Eco To Go says:

What a lovely ornament! One of the gifts we’re making for Christmas this year is ornaments, we had a blast making them!

Let it Snow! – Wordless Wednesday

December 9, 2009 at 2:12 am
(9) Juliana RW says:

Lovely ornament

My entry this week : in HERE. I hope you have time to visit. Thanks

December 9, 2009 at 3:10 am
(10) Tabitha Blue says:

Oh, so pretty! I love the detail. :)

December 9, 2009 at 3:23 am
(11) Liza says:

Great ornament!

My entries:
A Simple Life
Yummy-as-can-be

December 9, 2009 at 3:26 am
(12) Maria @ LSS says:

That’s a lovely piece. I agree with ECL, it looks expensive.

December 9, 2009 at 3:28 am
(13) Simply Delicious says:

Lovely piece of ornament. Happy WW.

December 9, 2009 at 3:37 am
(14) sikhism says:

Guru gobinds Singhs birthday will be celebrated with an all night worship service at our gurdwaras on the weekend of December 25th and 26th this year. As far as I know the ornament is just decorative in a commemorative sort of way. I saw this hanging at a friends house in July for her son’s first birthday. She had a number of these about. The tassel looks to be made from a stiff gold colored type of thread which is not uncommon to see used for different types of decorative trim.

December 9, 2009 at 3:58 am
(15) Daddy Forever says:

An interesting ornament indeed. It looks homemade. Not the kind of ornament you see at a place like Target.

December 9, 2009 at 3:59 am
(16) Robin from Israel says:

A circle within a circle, how lovely.


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December 9, 2009 at 4:06 am
(17) Cafe au Lait says:

It’s lovely! Happy wordless.

I played too. Mine are here and here.

December 9, 2009 at 4:07 am
(18) Modern Mom says:

Looks very interesting. Happy WW.

December 9, 2009 at 6:50 am
(19) Evan's Mom says:

Beautiful ornament, love the colors. Happy WW.

December 9, 2009 at 7:30 am
(20) Secret Mom Thoughts says:

Beautiful ornament.

December 9, 2009 at 7:47 am
(21) Anya says:

Wow!!
Its BEAUTIFUL …..
Very special !!

December 9, 2009 at 8:31 am
(22) Beth says:

A lovely ornament, and it gives one something to think about, how his father put the settling of other people’s strife above his own desires. Thank you, Sukhmandir! :D

December 9, 2009 at 8:55 am
(23) Susan Adcox says:

It’s interesting at this time of the year to hear other sacred stories.

December 9, 2009 at 8:58 am
(24) WeeShenanigans says:

It is lovely…
So his birth is Dec 22 but is celebrated on Jan 5 and this year it is being celebrated with worship Dec 25-26… Did I get that correct? Or did I miss something in reading..

December 9, 2009 at 8:59 am
(25) Just a Plane Ride Away says:

Lovely ornament! Is that a bell at the top of the tassel?

December 9, 2009 at 9:22 am
(26) Shelle says:

very beautiful….happy ww!!

December 9, 2009 at 9:58 am
(27) Nancy says:

What a lovely way to honor this Guru.

December 9, 2009 at 9:58 am
(28) Gattina says:

A beautiful ornament, I just think where I could use it, lol !

December 9, 2009 at 10:19 am
(29) NS Gill says:

It really is a lovely ornament. Does the bell shape make a bell sound?

December 9, 2009 at 11:25 am
(30) Andrea says:

Very pretty!

December 9, 2009 at 12:03 pm
(31) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

Wee Shananigans, you got it. Guru Gobind Singh was born in Patna. The calendar in use at the time was called Vikram Samvant and is a solar calendar based on lunar cycles. The date has been converted to the Gregorian (A.D.) calendar. The corresponding anniversary date changes every year because of the lunar influence. For observation purposes, it has been fixed to Jan 6th, and usually celebrated on the closest weekend or holiday when there is time off to have a program. So that usually turns out to be the 25th in the States because every one already has the day off.

December 9, 2009 at 12:14 pm
(32) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

NS GIll, Interesting question, I didn’t test the bell. It seems the tassel could act as either a silencer or a like a the clapper of windchime to get the bell to sound. If I get the opportunity to do I will find out :)

December 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm
(33) Carver says:

Lovely ornamental.

December 9, 2009 at 12:33 pm
(34) Julie@Momspective says:

What a great Wordless Wednesday! Hope you have a fantastic day!

December 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm
(35) khalil says:

Gurfateh Sukhmandir. Wow its cool 2 c I share the same b-day as him! :-D nice ornament also, a lot of brothers that drive truck like myself have them hanging in their truck cabs, sometimes u see them with the khanda too. take care ji.

December 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm
(36) Barb Rolek says:

What a beautiful ornament! How are they used

December 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm
(37) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

Barb,
Ornaments are not an object of worship or anything like that. They are mainly just for decoration. Like Khalil, I have seen them hanging from mirrors in cars, The one I took the picture of hung near a window inside a house. I’ve also seen them suspended from the center of a canopy which is hung over the Guru Granth Sahib.

December 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm
(38) JamericanSpice says:

It is beautiful and does look expensive. Very interesting about how the bell can be used as wind chime or clapper.

December 9, 2009 at 2:09 pm
(39) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

Good to hear from you Khalil, so yes so very cool that you share a b-day, maybe one day you’ll also have the fortune to share a re:birth day :)

December 9, 2009 at 2:31 pm
(40) mizhelle says:

such an interesting ornament :)

u may view mine here

December 9, 2009 at 2:50 pm
(41) Snowcatcher says:

It was very interesting to learn aboutGuru Gobind Singh and how the commemoration is affected by the lunar calendar. Thanks for sharing!

December 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm
(42) jams o donnell says:

That is such a beautiful ornament. Happy WW

December 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm
(43) Dragonfly Lady says:
December 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm
(44) Connie G says:

I like the tassel and bell a lot – gives me an idea for some of my own ornaments!

December 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm
(45) Grampy says:

I thought it was like a coat of arms.Depicting his rein and family.

December 9, 2009 at 8:16 pm
(46) Kerry says:

Lovely ornament and picture.

December 10, 2009 at 12:42 am
(47) shraddha says:

its absolutely beautiful

December 10, 2009 at 12:38 pm
(48) Jennifer says:

Do you use it on your Christmas tree? ;-)

December 10, 2009 at 1:07 pm
(49) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

Jennifer,
That’s a good question and one I can’t answer for everyone. Sikhism is new to the West, and Christmas does not play a part in Sikh traditions. While the occasional Sikh, probably someone with school age children, may put up a tree, it’s not the norm to do so in Sikh families.
Sikhs do take advantage of the Christmas season holiday to commemorate Guru Gobind Singh and the martyrdom of his four sons, and mother. His father Guru Teg Bahadur was martyred in November. The Western holidays are convenient for Sikhs to get together for worship and commemorative services.
If someday Sikhs immigrating to the states were to adopt the Christmas holiday in anyway, gift giving would be done to commemorate the birth of Guru Gobind Singh. I believe some Sikhs of western origin do gift exchanges in the name of Guru Gobind Singh. I’ve heard it suggested that Sikh families who put up a tree might want to trim trees with Sikh Symbols such as the Khanda, so it’s possible an ornament like this might be hung on a tree, but I’ve never seen it done.

December 11, 2009 at 2:30 am
(50) Khalil says:

Sukhmandir ji……a rebirth day…ive been longing more and more 4 that day….ive even had dreams about it….hope its not wrong 2 long 4 amrit the way I’ve have…but yes tht will b good day :-D … Waheguru ji ka khalsa Waheguru ji ki fateh……pls pray 2 Waheguru 4 me…. may Waheguru bless u :-)

December 11, 2009 at 12:35 pm
(51) sikhism says:

Khalil ji
You are very blessed. I truly believe longing to be essential to the experience of grace rebirth and ultimately the realization of the divine.

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