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Countdown to Vaisakhi 2023: Harjinder Singh

Day 11

Tuesday
,
11
April
2023

‘Vaisakhi’ holds a special place in our tradition and culture. When I focus on the word 'Vaisakhi,’ I see two types of information regarding its derivation. First, there is a 'Visakha' constellation among 27 constellations..."

Harjinder Singh, Research Associate at The Guru Granth Sahib Project, reflects on Vaisakhi.

‘Vaisakhi’ holds a special place in our tradition and culture. When I focus on the word 'Vaisakhi,’ I see two types of information regarding its derivation. First, there is a 'Visakha' constellation among 27 constellations. The words ‘Visakh’ and ‘Vaisakhi’ are derived from that. The second derivation is based on the word 'Vi-sakh,' meaning a special branch," he says.

“ਸਾਡੀ ਪਰੰਪਰਾ, ਸਭਿਅਤਾ ਅਤੇ ਸਭਿਆਚਾਰ ਵਿਚ ਵਿਸਾਖੀ ਨੂੰ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ ਥਾਂ ਪਰਾਪਤ ਹੈ। ਜੇਕਰ ਅਸੀ ‘ਵਿਸਾਖੀ’ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਵਲ ਕੇਂਦਰਿਤ ਹੋਈਏ, ਤਾਂ ਇਸ ਦੀ ਨਿਰੁਕਤੀ ਦੇ ਸੰਬੰਧ ਵਿਚ ਸਾਨੂੰ ਦੋ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਰ ਦੀ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਮਿਲਦੀ ਹੈ। ਪਹਿਲੀ, ਸਤਾਈ ਨਛੱਤਰਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਇਕ ‘ਵਿਸਾਖਾ’ ਨਛੱਤਰ ਮੰਨਿਆ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ। ਉਸ ਤੋਂ ਵਿਸਾਖ ਤੇ ਵਿਸਾਖੀ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਬਣੇ ਮਮਨੇ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ। ਦੂਜੀ ਜੋ ਨਿਰੁਕਤੀ ਹੈ, ਉਹ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਵੰਡ ਦੇ ਅਧਾਰ ‘ਤੇ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਂਦੀ ਹੈ। ਵਿਸਾਖ..ਭਾਵ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਰ ਦੀ ਸ਼ਾਖ….,” he says.

From now until Vaisakhi, the SikhRI team will reflect and share their perspective of Vaisakhi. Featuring speakers unique in their backgrounds, countries, and experiences, we hope the “Countdown to Vaisakhi” video series will ignite a spark in you to reflect on your personal connection to Vaisakhi.

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Harjinder Singh Gharsana

Research Associate, Gurbani Linguistics

Harjinder Singh ‘Gharsana’ is SikhRI’s Research Associate, Gurbani Linguistics.

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