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"....do good deeds. Do not try to blame anyone else."(p135)
(photo:Prabhu Singh)

Katak is the eighth month in the Nanakshahi calendar; a calendar system which governs the Sikh tradition and is based from the birth of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak in 1469.

The first day of this month falls on October 15 and the last day is on November 13. This month coincides with October/November of the Western/Georgian/Julian Calendar and is 30 days long.

While the preceding months of Assu (September/October) and Bhadon (August/September) are hot and rainy in Punjab, in the month of Katik both the temperature and rain have subsided and the season is very pleasant. Many tourists visit Punjab during this and the succeeding months.

Important Events during this month:

October:

15= 1 Katik

20 Joti Jot Guru Har Rai Ji / 6 Katik

20 Gur Gadi Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

20 Gur Gadi Guru Har Krishan Ji

21 Joti Jot Guru Gobind Singh Ji / 7 Katik

November:

1 Bandi Chorr Divas (Diwali)* 2005 & 21 Oct /2006 9 Nov/2007 28 Oct/2008

11 Joti Jot Baba Deep Singh 1757

14 = 1 Maghar

SGGS: This Month

This is what the Guru Granth Sahib says about this month:

ਕਤਿਕਿ ਕਰਮ ਕਮਾਵਣੇ ਦੋਸ੝ ਨ ਕਾਹੂ ਜੋਗ੝ ॥ ਪਰਮੇਸਰ ਤੇ ਭ੝ਲਿਆਂ ਵਿਆਪਨਿ ਸਭੇ ਰੋਗ ॥ ਵੇਮ੝ਖ ਹੋਝ ਰਾਮ ਤੇ ਲਗਨਿ ਜਨਮ ਵਿਜੋਗ ॥ ਖਿਨ ਮਹਿ ਕਉੜੇ ਹੋਇ ਗਝ ਜਿਤੜੇ ਮਾਇਆ ਭੋਗ ॥ ਵਿਚ੝ ਨ ਕੋਈ ਕਰਿ ਸਕੈ ਕਿਸ ਥੈ ਰੋਵਹਿ ਰੋਜ ॥ ਕੀਤਾ ਕਿਛੂ ਨ ਹੋਵਈ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਧ੝ਰਿ ਸੰਜੋਗ ॥ ਵਡਭਾਗੀ ਮੇਰਾ ਪ੝ਰਭ੝ ਮਿਲੈ ਤਾਂ ਉਤਰਹਿ ਸਭਿ ਬਿਓਗ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਕਉ ਪ੝ਰਭ ਰਾਖਿ ਲੇਹਿ ਮੇਰੇ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਬੰਦੀ ਮੋਚ ॥ ਕਤਿਕ ਹੋਵੈ ਸਾਧਸੰਗ੝ ਬਿਨਸਹਿ ਸਭੇ ਸੋਚ ॥9॥

kathik karam kamaavanae dhos n kaahoo jog ॥ paramaesar thae bhuliaaa(n) viaapan sabhae rog ॥ vaemukh hoeae raam thae lagan janam vijog ॥ khin mehi kourrae hoe geae jitharrae maaeiaa bhog ॥ vich n koee kar sakai kis thhai rovehi roj ॥ keethaa kishhoo n hovee likhiaa dhhur sa(n)jog ॥ vaddabhaagee maeraa prabh milai thaa(n) outharehi sabh bioug ॥ naanak ko prabh raakh laehi maerae saahib ba(n)dhee moch ॥ kathik hovai saadhhasa(n)g binasehi sabhae soch ॥9॥

In the month of Katak, do good deeds. Do not try to blame anyone else. Forgetting the Transcendent Lord, all sorts of illnesses are contracted. Those who turn their backs on the Lord shall be separated from Him and consigned to reincarnation, over and over again. In an instant, all of Maya's sensual pleasures turn bitter. No one can then serve as your intermediary. Unto whom can we turn and cry? By one's own actions, nothing can be done; destiny was pre-determined from the very beginning. By great good fortune, I meet my God, and then all pain of separation departs. Please protect Nanak, God; O my Lord and Master, please release me from bondage. In Katak, in the Company of the Holy, all anxiety vanishes. ((9))

-SGGS page 135

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  • October:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4 5 6 Birth Baba Buddha ji (1506) 7
8 9 Birth Guru Ram Das (1534) 10 11 12 13 14
15 New month of Katik 16 Birth Banda Singh Bahadur (1670) 17 18 19 Bandi Chorr Divas (2017) 20 Multiple Events (see below *) 21 Joti Jot Guru Gobind Singh (1708)
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 Birth Bhagat Namdev (1270) 30 31


October 2017 / 549
* Joti Jot Guru Har Rai (1661) And Gur Gadi Sri Guru Granth Sahib (1708) & Gur Gadi Guru Har Krishan (1661)
  • November:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
November 2017 / 549


1 Birth Mata Sahib Kaur (1681) 2 3 4 Birth/Parkash Guru Nanak (2017)
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 Shaheedi Baba Deep Singh / Birth Maharaja Ranjit Singh 14 New month of Maghar 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 Multiple Events (see below *) 25
26 27 28 Birthday Sahibzada Zorawar Singh (1696) 29 30
November 2017 / 549
* Shaheedi Guru Tegh Bahadur (1675) & others Sikhs and Gur Gadi Guru Gobind Singh (1675)


These are the Twelve Months of the Nanakshahi Calendar
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Chet Vaisakh Jeth Harh Sawan Bhadon Assu Katak Maghar Poh Magh Phagun