Magh

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Guru Gobind Singh destroys the "Bedava" of the 40 Sikhs

Magh is the eleventh month in the Nanakshahi calendar and governs the activities of the Sikhs during the Winter period and dictates events within Sikhism. This month coincides with January - February of the Western/Georgian/Julian Calendar and is 30 days long. The month of Marg starts on the 13 of January and ends on the 11 of February.

The Guru tells us that during this month, the Sikh's cleansing bath should be the dust of saintly congregation (Sadh Sangat) – be humble; be polite. One should meditate and involve others also; By doing this the filth of bad karma is removed together with one's ego. Desires and greed will depart when one walks on the path of Truth.

During the month be kind to all beings; this is even more important than pilgrimage to sacred shrines and giving to charity; Always remember the Lord within your heart; the Lord will be merciful and Nanak is a sacrifice to those who follow this advice.


Important Events during this month
January :
13 New month begins -1 Magh
18 -Birthday Bhai Himmat Singh Ji (1661),(Panj Pyare) /6 Magh
26 -Birthday Baba Deep Singh Ji (1682) /14 Magh
31 -Birthday Guru Har Rai Ji (1630) /19 Magh
February :
11 -Birthday Sahibzada Ajit Singh Ji (1687) /30 Magh
12 New month begins - 1 Phagun


SGGS: This Month

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

ਮਾਘਿ ਮਜਨ੝ ਸੰਗਿ ਸਾਧੂਆ ਧੂੜੀ ਕਰਿ ਇਸਨਾਨ੝ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਨਾਮ੝ ਧਿਆਇ ਸ੝ਣਿ ਸਭਨਾ ਨੋ ਕਰਿ ਦਾਨ੝ ॥ ਜਨਮ ਕਰਮ ਮਲ੝ ਉਤਰੈ ਮਨ ਤੇ ਜਾਇ ਗ੝ਮਾਨ੝ ॥ ਕਾਮਿ ਕਰੋਧਿ ਨ ਮੋਹੀਝ ਬਿਨਸੈ ਲੋਭ੝ ਸ੝ਆਨ੝ ॥ ਸਚੈ ਮਾਰਗਿ ਚਲਦਿਆ ਉਸਤਤਿ ਕਰੇ ਜਹਾਨ੝ ॥ ਅਠਸਠਿ ਤੀਰਥ ਸਗਲ ਪ੝ੰਨ ਜੀਅ ਦਇਆ ਪਰਵਾਨ੝ ॥ ਜਿਸ ਨੋ ਦੇਵੈ ਦਇਆ ਕਰਿ ਸੋਈ ਪ੝ਰਖ੝ ਸ੝ਜਾਨ੝ ॥ ਜਿਨਾ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਪ੝ਰਭ੝ ਆਪਣਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਤਿਨ ਕ੝ਰਬਾਨ੝ ॥ ਮਾਘਿ ਸ੝ਚੇ ਸੇ ਕਾਂਢੀਅਹਿ ਜਿਨ ਪੂਰਾ ਗ੝ਰ੝ ਮਿਹਰਵਾਨ੝ ॥12॥

maagh majan sa(n)g saadhhooaa dhhoorree kar eisanaan ॥ har kaa naam dhhiaae sun sabhanaa no kar dhaan ॥ janam karam mal outharai man thae jaae gumaan ॥ kaam karodhh n moheeai binasai lobh suaan ॥ sachai maarag chaladhiaa ousathath karae jehaan ॥ at(h)asat(h) theerathh sagal pu(n)n jeea dhaeiaa paravaan ॥ jis no dhaevai dhaeiaa kar soee purakh sujaan ॥ jinaa miliaa prabh aapanaa naanak thin kurabaan ॥ maagh suchae sae kaa(n)dteeahi jin pooraa gur miharavaan ॥12॥

In the month of Maagh, let your cleansing bath be the dust of the Saadh Sangat, the Company of the Holy. Meditate and listen to the Name of the Lord, and give it to everyone. In this way, the filth of lifetimes of karma shall be removed, and egotistical pride shall vanish from your mind. Sexual desire and anger shall not seduce you, and the dog of greed shall depart. Those who walk on the Path of Truth shall be praised throughout the world. Be kind to all beings-this is more meritorious than bathing at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage and the giving of charity. That person, upon whom the Lord bestows His Mercy, is a wise person. Nanak is a sacrifice to those who have merged with God. In Maagh, they alone are known as true, unto whom the Perfect Guru is Merciful. ((12))

-SGGS page 135

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  • January:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
January 2014 / 545

1 2 3 4
5: Birth Guru Gobind Singh (1666) 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13: New month Magh; *Foundation stone of Harimandir Sahib laid 14 15 16 17 18:Birth Bhai Himmat Singh (1661),Panj Pyare
19:Birth Bibi Bhani (1535) 20 21 22 23 24 25
26: Birth Baba Deep Singh (1682) 27 28 29 30 31:Birth Guru Har Rai (1630) January 2014 / 545
*Foundation stone of Harimandir Sahib laid by Hazrat Mian Mir on 13 January 1588
  • February
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
February 2014 / 545




1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 Birthday Sahibzada Ajit Singh (1687) 12 New month Phagun 13 14 15
16 17 18 Bibi Bhani weds Bhai Jetha (1554) 19 20 21 Saka Nankana Sahib & Jaito Morcha (1924) 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 February 2014 / 545


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