Jan 5 - Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti (Sikh) This is the birthday of the 10th and last Sikh guru, also the founder of Sikhism. Photo: Indian Sikh devotees carry the Palki Sahib, with the Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy scriptures of Sikhism, during a procession from the Sri Akal Takhat at The Golden Temple in Amritsar January 10, 2011 as part of the ongoing 345th Prakash Utsav birthday celebrations for Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. AFP
During the 18th century, the Akali-Nihangs bore the brunt of successive Persian and Afghan invasions headed for Delhi, the fabulously wealthy capital city of Mughal India, which invariably marched through the gateway of Punjab. By employing highly effective guerrilla tactics, they were able to successfully bring to a halt the waves of devastation inflicted over several centuries.