Ghasidas

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Guru Ghasi Das
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Born December 18, 1756
Giroudpuri, Chhattisgarh, India
Died extinct
Monuments Jaitkhamb
Nationality Indian
Spouse(s) Safura Devi
Children (1) Amar Das (2) Balak Das (3) Agar Das (4) Agad Diha Das
Parents
  • Mahngu Das (father)
  • Amrotin Devi (mother)

Guru Ghasi Das ( 1756 – 1836 CE )[1] was an advocate of the Satnami sect of Hinduism in the early 19th century.

Ghasi Das was born on December 18, 1756 [2]in Girodpuri, Raipur District Tehsil - Balodabazar. Guru Ghasidas was the son of Mahngu Das and Amrotin Devi. Ghasidas preached Satnam particularly for the people of Chhattisgarh.[3] After Ghasi Das, his teachings were carried on by his son, Balakdas. Guru Ghasidas was the founder of the Satnami community in state of Chhattisgarh. During his lifetime, the political atmosphere in India was one of exploitation. Ghasidas experienced the evils of the caste system at an early age, which helped him to understand the social dynamics in a caste-ridden society and reject social inequality. To find solutions, he travelled extensively across Chhattisgarh.

Saint Guru Ghasidas[4] established Satnami community in Chhattisgarh, India based on "Satnam" (meaning "Truth") and equality. The Guru's teachings and philosophy is similar to Hinduism & Buddhism. Guru Ghasidas created a symbol of truth called "jaitkhambh" - a white painted log of wood, with a white flag on the top. The structure indicates a white man who follows the truth "satnam" is always steadfast and is the pillar of truth (satya ka stambh). The white flag indicates peace.

Monuments[edit]

The Government of Chhattisgarh renamed a part of Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve after him, that is Guru Ghasidas National Park.[5] They also opened a Central University called "Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ramdas Lamb (2002). Rapt in the Name: The Ramnamis, Ramnam, and Untouchable Religion in Central India. SUNY Press. pp. 52–. ISBN 978-0-7914-5385-8. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Satnami sect | Indian religion". Encyclopedia Britannica. 
  3. ^ Raminder Kaur; John Hutnyk (15 April 1999). Travel Worlds: Journeys in Contemporary Cultural Politics. Zed Books. pp. 49–. ISBN 978-1-85649-562-2. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Mishra, Ishita (6 April 2016). "Govt book terms Baba Ghasidas as 'Harijan': Jogi jr". Times of India. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Chhattisgarh asked to propose tiger reserve status for Guru Ghasidas park". The Hindu. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2016.