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Guru Granth Sahib/Adi GranthAdi Granth literally means"the first book".This is the early compilation of the sikh scripture by guru Arjan,the fifth Sikh Guru in 1604.This Granth is the Holy scripture of the sikhs.The original copy of scripture called adi granth compiled and authenticated by guru arjan dev still exists today and is kept at kartarpur which is atown about 15 km north west of the city of jalandhar.

CompilationHe got the Adi Granth written by Bhai gurdas.Guru Arjan gave the copy to bhai Bano for binding.He took it for binding to lahore and on the way prepared a copy.This is known as Bhai Bano's copy.Guru Arjan got the original after binding.

Banda BahandurBorn at Rajouri as Lachman Dev.Renounced the world and become an ascetic by the name of madho das and settled at panchavati near nasik.Met Guru Gobind at nanded and became his dispine and offered him as a slave(banda) and was called Banda bahadur.Sacked Samana kapuri and sandhaura.

GurmatttaGurmatta or guru's decesion is a special resolution passed by the commonwealth of the sikh community.when sikhs organised themselves as Dal Khalsa.The decisions of Dal khalsa were taken by gurumatta,literally meaning advic of the guru.

The Sikh MislsThe word MISl means equals in 1748.Jassa singh Ahluwalia took over the command of Dal Khalsa.To pacify the warring sikh fractions he divided the territory of punjab into many parts.

Faizalpuria or Singhpuria MislFoundd by Nawab kapur Singh a Jat from Faizalpur who was an undisputed sikh leader from 1734-48 A.D.The Misl's impotantt possessions were jalandhar and patti.It was annexed by ranjit Singh in 1816 A.D.

MislShahr Rahon Phillaur etc. and was annexed by Ranjit Singh in 1809 A.D.

Ranjit Singh And The Sikh EmpireRanjit Singh was born in Gujranwala into the family of Sandhawalia sikh clan who were sukerchakia misladars.As a child he suffered from smallpox which which resulted in the loss of pne eye.Ranjit Singh was crowned on april 12,1801 to coincide with baisakhi by sahib singh bedi a descendent of Guru Nanak.In 1820 he annexed Hazara in 1823 Hedefeeated a large Afghan army at Nowshara,on the banks of the kabul river.Thus ranjit Singh put an end to more than a thousand years of muslim rule.

Various Movements Related To PunjabNirankaris Baba Dayal Das(1783-1855) was the founder of this movement of purification and return in the 1840's he called for the return of sikhism to its origins and emphasized the worship of God as nirankar(formless).

Ratan Chandyounger brother and successor of darbara singh also established new centres and appointed biredas(leaders)for each congregation or sangat.

Singh SabhasAmritsar Singh Sabha Shaken by namdhari unrest,the speeches Shraddha Ram of Arya Smaj and by christain conersions,a small group of prominent sikhs decided to form the singh sabha of Amritsar,Which held its first meeting on 1,oct,1873.

Lahore Singh SabhaSoon the Amritsar Sabha was emulated and rivaled by a new organisation,viz.the lahore Singh sabha,which held its first meeting on 2 nov 1879.The later was led by prof.Gurumukh Singh and Bhai Ditt Singh.

Other SabhasIn 1880 a general sabha was founded at amritsar to provide a central organisation for all singh sabhas on 11April 1883 this was renamed the Khalsa Diwan Amritsar.It included 36 to 37 different singh sabhas as well as the Lahore association.

Arya SmajIt was founded by swmi Dyanand Sarasnvati at bobay in 1875.The most distinctive feature of Arya Smaj was the Shuddhi movement which means the reconversion of those hindus who had once been willingly or forcibly converted into other religious but were now willing to come back into the fold of Hinduism.

Dev SamajIt was founded in 1887 at lahore by Shiv Narayan Agnihotri.It emphasized on the eternity of the soul,the supremacy of the Guru and the need for good action.It called for an ideal social behaviour such as not accepting bribes,avoiding intoxicants and non-vegetarian food,and leeping away from violent actions.

Ahmadia MovementIt is also as Qadiani movement.It was founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(1837-1908)at Qadian in Punjab towards the end of the 19th century.

Akali Movement/Gurudwara Reorm MovementThis movement came into prominence in 1920's.The main aim of the akalis was to purify the management of the sikh guurudwaras or shrines by removing the corrup and selfish mahants from them.Their movement led to the enactment of new Sikh Gurudwars act by the British in 1925.

Punjabi Suba MovementIn the 1950 and 1960 the nationwide movement of lingustic boundaries in 1956,At that time indian punjab had its capital in shimla and through the vast majority of the sikhs lived in punjab they still did not form a majority.

Dharam Yudh MorchaIn August 1982 the Akali Dal under the leadership of Harchand singh Longowal lauched the Dharam Yudh Morcha,or the "battle for righteousness.Thei goal eas the fulfillment of demands based upon the Anandpur sahib Resolution which was adopted by the party in october 1973 to raise specific political,economic and social issues.The transfer of the centrally administred ciy of chandigarh to punjab.The transfer punjabi speaking and contiguous areas to punjab.Protection for minorities residing outside punjab but within india.

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