Worshippers throng at gurdwaras across the world to mark Gurpurab – the birth anniversary of the first Sikh guru, Nanak Dev….reports Asian Lite News
The Sikh community across the world celebrates ‘Gurpurab’ – the birth anniversary of the first Sikh guru, Nanak Dev. Special prayers are taking place at Gurudwaras.
The holiest of Sikh shrines ‘Harmandir Sahib’, popularly known as the Golden Temple, in Amritsar, and other gurdwaras elsewhere saw religious fervour to mark the birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism.
Guru Nanak Dev was born in 1469. Thousands of people, from various faiths, reached the Golden Temple complex since early morning on Saturday to offer prayers.
Tight security arrangements were made around all leading Sikh shrines in Punjab.
Braving the early morning chill of the onset of winter, thousands of devotees thronged gurdwaras across Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh on Saturday to offer prayers on the occasion of ‘Gurpurab’ – the birth anniversary of the first Sikh guru, Nanak Dev. The shrine complex was decorated with lighting since Diwali and Bandi Chhor Diwas in October. Hymns were being rendered at the holy shrine and hundreds of other gurdwaras across the region to mark the occasion.
At other gurdwaras in cities, towns and villages, hundreds of people could be seen coming to offer prayers.
‘Langars’ (community kitchen), were arranged at most gurdwaras. Reports of Gurpurab celebrations were received from Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of the Guru Nanak Dev, 100 km from Lahore in neighbouring Pakistan.
Nearly 2,600 Sikh devotees have gone to Pakistan to celebrate Gurpurab at Nankana Sahib.
Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh greeted people on the occasion of Gurpurab and urged them to follow the Guru’s teachings and maintain peace and harmony.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of Gurpurab – the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the faith.
“Gurpurab greetings to all. Let us follow the path of peace, compassion and service shown by Guru Nanak Devji,” the President said.
Guru Nanak Jayanti also known as ‘Gurpurab’ and ‘Prakash Utsav’ is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism.
Extending his greetings on the occasion, Modi said Guru Nanak was not only the first guru of the Sikhs but also a “guru to the entire world”. He urged people to follow Guru Nanak’s ideals and teachings.
“On Guru Nanak Jayanti we bow to the venerable Sri Guru Nanak Devji and recall his noble thoughts,” Modi tweeted.
In an over one-minute long video message, Modi said Guru Nanak undertook a 28,000-km journey on foot to spread the message of true humanity.
“He envisioned the welfare of all humanity and considered all castes to be equal. He stressed on female empowerment and respect for women.”
Modi said: “He ran a ‘Langar’ which sowed the seeds of the spirit of service amongst fellow beings. Partaking of ‘Langar’ together created a feeling of unity and oneness in people.”
Guru Nanak voiced three messages for a meaningful, fulfilling life — chant the name of the almighty, work hard and help the needy, the Prime Minister said.
Born in 1469 in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi (Nankana Sahib, now in Pakistan), Guru Nanak Dev was the first of the 10 Sikh Gurus.