Guru Arjan Dev Ji

Name Guru Arjan Dev.
Pontificate Fifth Guru
Date of Pontificate 16th September, 1581 at Goindwal. Duration of pontificate - about 25 years.
Date and Place of Birth 2nd May 1563 (Nanakshahi calendar)at Goindwal Sahib.
Father's Name Guru Ram Das
Mother's Name Mata Bhani Ji
Wife's Name Bibi Ganga Ji
Children One son - Guru Hargobind Sahib
Date and place of death 16th June, 1606 at Lahore. Aged about 43 years.
Bani Composed 2218 hymns set to 30 musical measures.
Special Comments (i) Compilation of the Adi Granth which included hymns of 5 Gurus (Bani of ninth Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur was included later on), 15 Bhaktas, 4 devotee Sikhs and 11 Brahmin Bhats. (ii) Construction of Harimandir Sahib at Amritsar. Its foundation was got laid by Hazrat Mian Mir. The temple is open to people of all castes, creeds, clans and colours. (iii) Founding the towns of Tarn Taran, Hargobindpur, Kartarpur and Chherata. (iv) Formal installation of Adi Granth in the Harimandir Sahib on 1st September 1606. (v) Gave to the Sikh Community its own Scripture, language, centres of pilgrimage and great honour for martyrdom. He himself became the first Sikh Guru martyr as well as first Shaheed of India.