Thousands of people collected at gurdwaras, public places and residential places across the India and the rest of the world to offer prayers on the occasion of 549th Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurpurab.
Devotees thronged the holiest of Sikh shrines, the Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple in Amritsar to celebrate the day. The Temple remains decorated with lighting since Diwali till Guru Nanak Jayanti.
People observed the occasion through presenting hymns, prayers and conducting langars (community kitchen) at the holy shrine and public places.
The day also marks the beginning of the year-long grand celebrations for the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
Life Of A Visionary, Guru Nanak Dev
The birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev is observed as Guru Nanak Jayanti all over the world.
Guru Nanak Dev was born in 1469 in Nankana Sahib town (now in Pakistan) in a Hindu family.
He started showing signs of divinity and greatness since his early childhood days. As a boy, he used to spend hours meditating and distributed money to the poor and needy. He also raised his voice against unnecessary and meaningless rituals performed in his family in the name of religion. He also denounced the practise of idol worshipping and caste system.
According to beliefs, it is believed that during his schooling days, he represented the oneness of God through describing the symbolism of the first letter of the alphabet in Persian, which resembled with the mathematical version of one.
While working under Daulat Khan Lodi, one day, he went to take bath in the Kali Bein or Black River, but eventually disappeared. Three days later, he emerged out of the river and told that he was taken to God’s court. The incident awakened him spiritually and enlightened him. Since then, people call him “Guru Nanak”.
Consequently, he left his job and family to discover Sikhism, a monotheistic religion which advocates that “God is one” and he dwells in all living beings. It is one of the youngest and the fifth largest organised religion in the world.
It is considered that he undertook four major journeys covering more than 25,000 km on foot to spread equality and oneness of almighty.
After returning, he settled in Kartarpur and appointed his disciple Bhai Lehna as his successor. He was later, designated as Guru Angad and became the second Sikh Guru.
Guru Nanak lives immortal in the form of 974 hymns, known as ‘Guru Granth Sahib’, the holy text of Sikhism.
Tweeting And Offering Prayers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to pay tribute to Guru Nanak Dev.
Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji taught us the path of truth, righteousness and compassion. He was committed towards eradicating injustice and inequality from society. He also believed in the power of education. We bow to him on his Jayanti and recall his inspiring thoughts. pic.twitter.com/lO3F1JaX9o
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 23, 2018
Along with him, members of his party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also wished the nation through social media.
सिख धर्म के प्रथम गुरु व संस्थापक गुरु नानक देव जी के प्रकाश पर्व की समस्त देशवासियों को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं।
गुरु नानक देव जी द्वारा समाज से जातिवाद को मिटाने व आपसी भाईचारा और एकता को बढ़ाने के लिए दिए उपदेश व शिक्षाएं हम सभी को सदैव प्रेरित करती रहेंगी। pic.twitter.com/xPQvWTI2cC
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) November 23, 2018
Gurupurab greetings to everyone. Guru Nanak Dev ji’s noble teachings continue to guide us towards following the path of righteousness & compassion. pic.twitter.com/6j0K3ePtQA
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) November 23, 2018
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) November 23, 2018
Sportspersons also shared their messages on Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 23, 2018
||Sathguru Nanak pargateya miti dund jag chanan hoya||
With the emergence of the holy Guru Nanak Dev ji, the mist cleared and the light scattered all around. It was as if the sun had risen ,the stars disappeared and darkness was dispelled. #GuruNanakJayanti pic.twitter.com/OVXYs09qCU
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 23, 2018
Warm greetings to all on the auspicious occasion of Shri #GuruNanakJayanti. May the teachings of Guru Nanak ji continue to guide us towards the path of peace , love and harmony. pic.twitter.com/xzOwCDrlUk
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 23, 2018
Bollywood actor, Amitabh Bachchan also paid tribute to Guru Nanak.
T 3004 – आप सभी को कार्तिक पूर्णिमा और गुरु परब की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं व बधाई ।🕉🌹 pic.twitter.com/6mHmCDhzEK
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 23, 2018