Angad

Angad

▪ Sikh Guru
also called  Lehna  or  Lahina 
born 1504, Matte di Sarai, India
died 1552, Khadur

      second Sikh (Sikhism) Guru and originator of the Punjabi script, Gurmukhi (Gurmukhi alphabet), in which many parts of the Adi Granth (Ādi Granth), the sacred book of the Sikhs, are written.

      While on a pilgrimage to the shrine of a Hindu goddess, Angad met the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak (Nānak), whom he resolved to follow. Angad, known for his loyalty to the first Guru, was able to give form and a definitive character to the somewhat vague ideals propounded by Nanak. He was appointed Guru in 1539 and prepared for the further expansion of the Sikh community.

      In Sikh lore, Guru Angad is credited with having established a set of crucial institutions. He set up schools to teach youths the regional language, Punjabi, instead of the classical Sanskrit (Sanskrit language). He was a firm believer in the importance of physical education and emphasized the ideal of a sound mind and a healthy body. He is also said to have established the langar (communal refectory) and to have promoted the practice of community meals that broke down caste barriers, but no historically credible documents support these attributions.

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