Published: Sun, November 05, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Sikhs celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti with traditional reverence

Sikhs celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti with traditional reverence

Gurupurab is a festival celebrated by the Sikh Community, to mark the birth anniversary of Sikh Guru. "Pakistan is the land of Sikh Gurus and Sikhs love this land".

Guru Nanak Dev was born in 1469.

In Amritsar, Golden Temple witnessed heavy rush of devotees on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti on Saturday. Guru Nanak enlightened the entire world with his deep and philosophical religious teachings; this is the reason this day is also celebrated as "Prakash Utsav". As per the Sikh traditions, the early years of Nanak Dev's life were marked with various events that portrayed that he has been marked by divine grace. "Let us follow the path of peace, compassion and service shown by Guru Nanak Devji", the President said. Guru Nanak also taught the equality in the Sikh Langar (kitchen) so that in every gurudwara has a langar where all people offered free meal regardless of their color or religion. Chanting of prayers and singing of hymns are carried throughout the day.

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The celebrations last for more than a week during which sacred rituals are performed at the Gurdwara and candies and langars are offered, irrespective of religious orientation.

Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, State Congress President Ghulam Ahmed Mir and others had greeted the people on the occasion. Baba Guru Nanak Dev, the first guru of Sikhs, holds the highest position among the 10 gurus worshipped by the community.

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