Diwali – A Festival of Light | An Animated Sikh Story

Diwali is the festival of lights. Once a year, the entire world comes together to light divas (candles) in remembrance of good conquering bad. The night sky is also lit up with beautiful fireworks. This amazing short animation shows why people from the Sikh faith celebrate Diwali, and how it came to be known as Bandi Chhor Divas.

Interesting Fact: the actual robe that Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji wore to free the fifty two kings can still be seen today at Gurdwara Chola Sahib, Ghudani Kalan, Punjab.

The story starts with the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, who resided in Sri Amritsar Sahib. Instigated by corrupt ministers, the Guru was invited to Delhi to meet the Mughal emperor, Jahangir. Upon their arrival, the Guru spent much time with the emperor and even saved their life from a lion attack!

The emperor’s ministers had failed to make the Guru look bad, so a minister named Chandu bribed an astrologer to tell the emperor that he had been cursed! The emperor was then told that the only way to remove the curse was to imprison the Guru for forty days in Gwalior.

Although Guru Ji knew that this was all a hoax, they agreed to go to prison, knowing that they had a different task to fulfil.

Watch this beautifully animated Sakhi (true story) on why Sikhs celebrate Diwali.

Upholding the historical accuracy of this Sakhi (true story) and depicting it in a respectful way is of the utmost importance to us.

The following reputable sources were used to make this animation:
1. Gurbilas Paatshahi 6 – Bhai Bhagat Singh Ji (student of Shaheed Bhai Mani Singh Ji)
2. Sri Gurpratap Sooraj Granth – Mahakavi Bhai Santokh Singh Ji
3. Twarikh Guru Khalsa/Sri Guru Panth Prakash - Giani Gian Singh Ji
4. Mehma Prakash – Bhai Saroop Daas Ji Bhalla
5. Gur Bhaari - Principal Satbir Singh Ji
6. Mahan Kosh – Bhai Kahn Singh Ji Nabha
7. Deepmala Katha – Sant Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale

The depictions of Guru Ji are artistic interpretations which have not been animated and are still images only. None of the figures in the story have been voiced. Only the story is being narrated.

May this animation instil the true message of Diwali in our hearts and help us to implement the teachings of Sikhi into our lives.

ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖ਼ਾਲਸਾ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫ਼ਤਿਹ

Music by Matt Milne

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