Harh (Aasaarh) is the fourth month of the Nanakshahi Calendar. This month coincides with June/July of the Western/ Georgian/ Julian calendar. The month begins on June 15 and ends on July 15. The fifth month of the Sikh Calendar, known as Sawan begins on July 16. During the month of Harh, the land of Punjab has the summer season. The climate of this place during this month is very hot. Most tourists leave this area before this month as the temperature during the month is vey high.
Important Events during this month are:-
25 June – Shaheedi Banda Singh Bahadur
29 Jun – Barsi Maharaja Ranjit Singh
02 July – Foundation of Sri Akal Takhat, Amritsar
05 July – Birth Guru Hargobind Sahib
09 July – Shaheedi Bhai Mani Singh
The Month of Aasaarh (Harh) has been described in Guru Granth Sahib as under:-
“aasaarr thapa(n)dhaa this lagai har naahu n ji(n)naa paas ||
jagajeevan purakh thiaag kai maanas sa(n)dhee aas ||
dhuyai bhaae vigucheeai gal pees jam kee faas ||
jaehaa beejai so lunai mathhai jo likhiaas ||
rain vihaanee pashhuthaanee out(h) chalee gee niraas ||
jin ka saadhhoo bhaetteeai so dharageh hoe khalaas ||
kar kirapaa prabh aapanee thaerae dharasan hoe piaas ||
prabh thudhh bin dhoojaa ko nehee naanak kee aradhaas ||
aasaarr suha(n)dhaa this lagai jis man har charan nivaas ||5||”
The translation of the same is as under:-
The month of Aasaarh seems burning hot,
to those who are not close to their Husband Lord.
They have forsaken God the Primal Being,
the Life of the World, and they have come to rely upon mere mortals.
In the love of duality, the soul-bride is ruined;
around her neck she wears the noose of Death.
As you plant, so shall you harvest; your destiny is recorded on your forehead.
The life-night passes away, and in the end,
one comes to regret and repent, and then depart with no hope at all.
Those who meet with the Holy Saints are liberated in the Court of the Lord.
Show Your Mercy to me, O God; I am thirsty for the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan.
Without You, God, there is no other at all.
This is Nanak’s humble prayer.
The month of Aasaarh is pleasant, when the Feet of the Lord abide in the mind. ||5||