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Sikhs Guru Angad Dev Ji (1504-1552)

 

Guru Angad Dev Ji

 

Guru Angad Dev Ji was the second Sikh Guru. Like Guru Nanak Dev Ji, he was God in the form of a human. Guru Ji was born in 1504 at Harike, which is located in the Ferozepur district. His father was Bhai Pheru and his mother was Mata Daya Kaur.

When Guru Angad Dev Ji was born, he was a follower of the Hindu goddess Durga and he paid yearly tributes. At this time, his name was Bhai Lehna. On one of his trips to pay tribute, he stopped at Kartarpur, where he met Guru Nanak Dev Ji. After many years of service, Guru Nanak Dev Ji deemed Bhai Lehna to be the best person to carry out his mission. In 1539, Bhai Lehna became Guru Angad Dev Ji.

One of the most important contributions by Guru Angad Dev Ji was his new script for Punjabi. This new script was called Gurmukhi. Gurmukhi was at first used for the Guru's writings only in order to make these scripture available for the common people. Guru Ji himself taught Punjabi to his followers.

Guru Angad Dev Ji made major contributions to Sikhism. Without him, Sikhs might not have Gurmukhi today. Guru Ji went to his heavenly abode in 1552 at the age of 48 years.