What is the story of ‘Amargufa’, in which vandalism enraged the Satnami community?

Satnami Samaj held a demonstration in Baloda Bazaar.

The Satnami community was enraged on Monday evening in Baloda Bazar of Chhattisgarh. The people of the society set fire to the collector’s office. The vehicles of the Collector and other officials were also burnt. The employees somehow saved their lives and escaped from there. Many people were seriously injured during this. The police had to resort to force, after which the situation was brought under control, but amid all this, the only question on everyone’s mind is what is the Satnami Samaj, what is the story of its sacred ‘Amargufa’, which has become so. After the high-profile attack, there was an uproar which the police and the administration failed to control.

The story of the Satnami community begins with Baba Guru Ghasidas. Baba Ghasidas was born on 18 December 1756 to Mangu Das in a village called Girodpuri in Baloda Bazar district. His mother’s name was Amarutin. Khasidas performed many miracles from his childhood, which had a great impact on people. It is also said that Guru Ghasidas attained enlightenment while doing penance under a tree outside a village in Sarangad taluk of Raigad district. Today a flower garden has been created here in memory of Baba Ghasidas.

Was Baba Guru Ghasidas an Incarnate Man?

After this, in search of truth, Ghasidas meditated in the caves of Chhatra Parvat in the forest of his own village Girodpuri. An ashram was built in Giraudpuri itself. Khasidas also did long penance in the forests of Sonakhan in search of truth and knowledge. Guru Ghasidas did not receive any education. He earned the title of Mahajani through firmness and self-confidence. Millions of people became his followers due to his influence. Thus the ‘Satnam Panth’ was established in Chhattisgarh. People of this sect consider Ghasidas to be an incarnated man.

He gave the message of ‘mankhe-mankhe one’

Guru Ghasidas founded the Satnam Samaj (Satnam Panth) with seven vows, including belief in Satnam, prohibition of idolatry, caste discrimination, opposition to violence, freedom from addiction, prohibition of adultery, and not plowing fields in the afternoon. is After the death of Guru Ghasidas in 1850, his teachings were carried forward by his son Guru Balakdas. Today he has millions of followers. In Girodpuri itself, where Guru Ghasidas practiced penance, his followers built a temple, known as ‘Amargufa’. Here ‘Jaitkham’ was established. His most famous message is ‘Mankhe-Mankhe Ek Saman’, which connected people from other states including Chhattisgarh with him.

Jayanti is celebrated on 18th December every year.

The birth anniversary of Guru Ghasidas is celebrated on December 18 every year. On this occasion people of Satnami community worship Jetkham and hoist white flag. Apart from this, typical Chhattisgarhia roti-pitha (sweet) is also served in Jetkham. On Baba’s birth anniversary, a special dance is performed by the Satnamis, called Panthi dance. Asia’s largest ‘Jaitkham’ has been established at Giraudpuri, birthplace of Guru Ghasidas.

Jaitkham is a pillar symbolizing the true name of Satnamis. Followers of the Satnam sect place a white flag on a pillar-shaped object, called Jaitkham. Jetkham is considered a symbol of peace, unity and brotherhood. However, the Jetkham built in ‘Amargufa’ of Giraudpuri is built with modern technology. It is taller than Qutub Minar in Delhi. The same Jetkham was attacked by anti-social elements last month on the night of May 15-16, following which the Satnam community is upset and is demanding a CBI probe.


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