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Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti: All you need to know about Gurupurab Significance, History & Celebration

The holy festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti, commonly referred to as Gurpurab, commemorates the birth of Guru Nanak Dev, the first guru of Sikhism. It will be celebrated as Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 553rd birthday.

Every year, the auspicious occasion is marked on the full moon day of Kartik month, also known as Kartik Purnima.

History

Guru Nanak Dev was a man of peace who spent his entire life promoting equality and tolerance. He was born in 1469 in the village of Rai Bhoi di Talwandi, now called Nankana Sahib, near Lahore — now in Pakistan.

Numerous hymns written by Guru Nanak were compiled by Guru Arjan into the Adi Granth. He traveled around India, visiting holy places.

The primary verses of the Guru Granth Sahib focus on the idea that there is only one creator of the universe. He also promotes altruistic service to humanity in his verses.

Significance

Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born at a time when there was no centrally organized power in India. Foreign invaders were attacking the country. Superstitions were spread all around in the name of religion. At that time, Guru Nanak proved to be a great philosopher and won the hearts of millions of people with his sweet and simple speech. In very simple language, he explained to the world the meaning of “Ek Onkar,” which means God is one and all human beings are brothers of each other.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji founded Sikhism in the 15th century and is regarded as a spiritual teacher. It is believed that he could connect to God through sincere prayers at that time and never encouraged traditions that included sacrifices. He started writing the sacred Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib and wrote 974 hymns in it that brought enlightenment to this world.

Guru Nanak Devi devoted his life to attacking formal rituals, caste, and practices that didn’t make any sense. This is the simplest way you can find meaning and purpose in your own life—by cutting out the clutter of what society says you should do.

Gurupurab celebration

Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrations start two days prior to the day of Guru Nanak Jayanti in the Gurudwaras. In Gurudwaras, a 48-hour non-stop recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib, called Akhand Path, is held, followed by a Nagarkirtan a day before the festival. The procession called Nagarkirtan is led by five men, referred to as the Panj Pyare, holding the Sikh triangular flag, Nishan Sahib and during the Nagarkirtan, the holy religious scripture of Sikhism, Guru Granth Sahib, is placed in a palanquin. The Nagarkirtan passes through streets across the country, decorated with flags and flowers.