Gatka session - Punjabi Martial Art form

During the Holla Mohalla festival, the Golden Temple complex comes alive with the Nihang Sikhs showcasing legendary Sikh military prowess and heroism (with gatka and sword fighting).

This festival takes the measure of the transformation of the Sikh community into a martial fraternity under Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th  Sikh Guru, who trained them to protect themselves from the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The two most important skills for the Nihangs as directed by Guru Gobind Singh were: the use of armour and physical exercises for battle. The traditional Sikh martial arts (Gataka) are conducted on the roof of the Guru Ka Langar and can be witnessed between 8.30 am and 11 pm.

  • Introduction to the historical, cultural context of Gatka.
  • Live demonstrations of all kinds of martial equipment.
  • Try your hand at wooden sticks and Chakri.
  • Sport the traditional Dumalas (double layered turbans) while practising.

Try your hand at the Punjabi Martial art form of Gatka under expert guidance, with a lot of fun! The purpose of the session is to introduce the participants to Gatka using a hands-on approach. It’s completely safe for people of all age groups, and immensely fun! Leading the workshop would be a skilled Gatka practitioner, also well-versed with the historical origins of the art and its cultural significance.

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