Bhadon (Paadao) is the sixth month in the Nanakshahi Calendar. It starts from August 16. This month coincides with August/September of the Western/ Georgian/ Julian calendar. This month is 31 days long. Bhadon, like the month of Sawan, is also a month of rainy season in Punjab. Bhadon month is a pleasant with rain and tolerable heat. Important Events during this month are as under:
30 August: Completion of Sri Guru Granth Sahib (Adi Granth)
01 September: First Parkash Sri Guru Granth Sahib (Adi Granth)
12 September: Battle of Saragarhi
The Guru Granth Sahib describes the month of Bhadon (August/September) as under:
In the month of Bhaadon, she is deluded by doubt,
because of her attachment to duality.
She may wear thousands of ornaments, but they are of no use at all.
On that day when the body perishes-at that time, she becomes a ghost.
The Messenger of Death seizes and holds her,
and does not tell anyone his secret.
And her loved ones-in an instant, they move on, leaving her all alone.
She wrings her hands, her body writhes in pain,
and she turns from black to white.
As she has planted, so does she harvest; such is the field of karma.
Nanak seeks God’s Sanctuary; God has given him the Boat of His Feet.
Those who love the Guru, the Protector and Savior,
in Bhaadon, shall not be thrown down into hell.
-Sri Guru Granth Sahib p 134
“The rainy season is beautiful;
the months of Saawan and Bhaadon bring bliss.
The clouds are low, and heavy with rain;
the waters and the lands are filled with honey.
God is all-pervading everywhere;
the nine treasures of the Lord’s Name fill the homes of all hearts…”
-Sri Guru Granth Sahib p 928
“…The lakes and fields are overflowing with water;
the rainy season has come – the time to celebrate!
In the dark of night it rains; how can the young bride find peace?
The frogs and peacocks send out their noisy calls.
Pri-o! Pri-o! Beloved! Beloved! cries the rainbird,
while the snakes slither around, biting.
The mosquitoes bite and sting, and the ponds are filled to overflowing;
without the Lord, how can she find peace?
O Nanak, I will go and ask my Guru; wherever God is, there I will go “
-Sri Guru Granth Sahib p 1108