Bandi Chhod Diwas is popular Sikh festival celebrated just like Deepavali. Bandi means “prisoners,” and chhod means “independent”.
History of Bandi Chhod Diwas-
On this day, Sri Guru Hargobind Ji, the Sikhs’ sixth guru, was successful in freeing the monarchs imprisoned in the Gwalior fort’s imprisonment.
The Guru has figured out a method to get 52 of these innocent leaders out of jail without a fight. The Guru had spent several years in captivity, so it had been a long process. However, the unjust government of the day was forced to “give in” to the Guru’s reasonable demands in the end. An improbable win in an era of history when individuals in positions of authority were fully corrupt and injustice was the norm. The Guru, on the other hand, had discovered a bright spot in an otherwise bleak scenario. Without firing a single shot or fighting, the lives of 52 native kings were rescued.
How people celebrate?
On this day, Sri Guru Hargobind Ji, the Sikhs’ sixth guru, was successful in freeing the monarchs imprisoned in the Gwalior fort’s imprisonment. Sikhs visit gurudwaras on this day to listen to kirtan and eat langar. They cheerfully commemorate this day by cleaning their homes, stores, and decorating them with lamps and candles. They give out goodies to their neighbours and the impoverished. Depending on the lunar calendar, or the ‘Desi months,’ Bandi Chhor Diwas is commonly held in October or November.