This is how Sikhs celebrate 'Guru Nanak Jayanti'
Born on November 29, 1469, in Bedi Kshatriya family at Rāi Bhoi Kī Talvaṇḍī village, now in Pakistan, Guru Nanak is the founder of Sikhism and first of the ten celebrated Sikh gurus who helped in shaping Sikhism.
Chandigarh: Braving the chills of winter, thousands of devotees celebrates the birth anniversary of their first Guru with much zeal and fervour. Devotees and followers of Sikhism offer prayers on the occasion of 'Gurpurab' and read their holy texts 'Guru Granth Sahib' continuously for 48 hours.
The holiest of Sikh shrines 'Harmandir Sahib', popularly known as the Golden Temple, in Amritsar, and other gurdwaras witness religious fervour to mark the birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism.
Born on November 29, 1469, in Bedi Kshatriya family at Rāi Bhoi Kī Talvaṇḍī village, now in Pakistan, Guru Nanak is the founder of Sikhism and first of the ten celebrated Sikh gurus who helped in shaping Sikhism. His birthday coincides with hindu festival of Karthik Purnima according to the lunar calendar, which falls in the months of October-November, every year.
Famous for his wisdom and spiritual teachings, his words are registered in the form of 974 poetic hymns in the holy texts of the Guru Granth Sahib.
Hymns are rendered at the holy shrine and hundreds of other gurdwaras across the region to mark the occasion.
People could be seen visiting gurdwaras in cities, towns and villages to offer prayers.
'Langars' (community kitchen), are arranged at gurdwaras. Gurpurab is also celebrated at Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of the Guru Nanak, 100 km from Lahore in neighbouring Pakistan.
Here are some famous quotes from the spiritual guru 'Guru Nanak Sahib':
#"Death would not be called bad, O people! if one knew how to truly die."
#"Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a guru, no one can cross-over to the shores."
#"Those who have loved are those, who have found the God."
#"Emotional attachment to 'maya' is very painful, this is a bad bargain."
#"Speak only that which brings you honour."
The celebration of the guru’s birth anniversary begins two days prior to the actual date.