The Sikh gurus (Punjabi: ਸਿੱਖ ਗੁਰੂ) are the spiritual masters of sikhism, who established this religion over the course of about two and a half centuries, beginning in 1469. The year 1469 marks the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of sikhism. He was succeeded by nine other gurus until, in 1708, the Guruship was finally passed on by the tenth guru to the holy sikh scripture, Guru Granth Sahib Ji, which is now considered the living Guru by the followers of the Sikh faith.
Guru: Etymology and Definition
Main Article: Guru
Guru (//, UK also / -/,; Sanskrit: गुरु, Punjabi: ਗੁਰੂ, IAST: guru) is a Sanskrit term for a "teacher, guide, expert, or master" of certain knowledge or field. Bhai Vir Singh Ji, in his dictionary of Guru Granth Sahib Ji describes the term Guru as a combination of two separate units: "Gu;(ਗੁ)" meaning darkness and "Rū;(ਰੂ)" which means light. Hence, Guru is who brings light into darkness or in other words, the one who enlightens.
Bhai Vir Singh Ji's definition provides further insight about Sikhism itself and explains why Guru Granth Sahib Ji is considered the living Guru. The word Sikh is derived from the Sanskrit term shishya(Punjabi: ਸਿੱਖ) which means a disciple or a student. Thus, Sikhs have a student-teacher relationship with their Gurus since their teachings, written in Guru Granth Sahib Ji, serve as a guide for them.
|#||Name||Date of birth||Guruship on||Date of death||Age at death||Father||Mother|
|1||Guru Nanak Dev Ji||14 April 1469[note 1]||Since birth||22 September 1539||69||Mehta Kalyandas||Mata Tripta|
|2||Guru Angad Dev Ji||31 March 1504||7 September 1539||29 March 1552||48||Baba Pheru||Mata Ramo|
|3||Guru Amar Das Ji||5 May 1479||26 March 1552||1 September 1574||95||Tej Bhan Bhalla||Mata Bakht|
|4||Guru Ram Das Ji||24 September 1534||1 September 1574||1 September 1581||46||Baba Hari Das||Mata Daya Vati|
|5||Guru Arjan Dev Ji||15 April 1563||1 September 1581||30 May 1606||43||Guru Ram Das||Mata Bhani|
|6||Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji||19 June 1595||25 May 1606||28 February 1644||48||Guru Arjan||Mata Ganga|
|7||Guru Har Rai Ji||16 January 1630||3 March 1644||6 October 1661||31||Baba Gurditta||Mata Nihal|
|8||Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji||7 July 1656||6 October 1661||30 March 1664||7||Guru Har Rai||Mata Krishan|
|9||Guru Teg Bahadur Ji||1 April 1621||20 March 1664||11 November 1675||54||Guru Hargobind||Mata Nanki|
|10||Guru Gobind Singh Ji||22 December 1666||11 November 1675||7 October 1708||41||Guru Tegh Bahadur||Mata Gujri|
Timeline of Sikh Gurus
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