date_range 29 Mar, 2020

Guru Nanak Jayanti

**Guru Nanak Jayanti** is also known as ‘Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav’ and ‘Guru Nanak Gurpurab’. This sacred day marks the significance of the birth of the first** Sikh Guru** – Guru Nanak. This day, celebrated like a festival, falls in the month of Kartik (November) according to the Hindu calendar.

It is one of the most religious days celebrated in Sikh religion and is celebrated mostly in **Punjab** and **Haryana** on a massive scale. There is a lot more about Guru Nanak Jayanti that people must know. We share some things about the holy day.

**Guru Nanak** **(1469 – 1539)** was the founder of** Sikhism** and the first of the ten **Sikh Gurus**. His birth is celebrated worldwide as **Guru Nanak Gurpurab on Kartik Pooranmashi,** the full-moon day in the month of Katak, October–November.

Nanak was born on 15 April 1469 at Rai Bhoi Ki Talvaṇḍi (present-day Nankana Sahib, Punjab, Pakistan) near Lahore. His parents were Kalyan Chand Das Bedi, popularly shortened to Mehta Kalu, and Mata Tripta. His father was the local** Patwari** (accountant) for crop revenue in the village of **Talwandi**. His parents were both** Hindus** and belonged to the merchant caste
There are many people who follow the philosophy Guru Nanak.

The holy book of Sikhs, the **Guru Granth Sahib** is continuously chanted and processions are carried out and carrying the holy book decorated with flowers. **Guru Nanak Jayanti** is celebrated by reciting hymns since morning from various scriptures.

On this day, mostly Gurudwaras are well decorated and people chant hymns from **Sikh scriptures**. The day starts with Prabhat Pheris, which are early morning processions that begin from Gurudwaras. Before the actual Guru Nanak Jayanti, there is a procession known as the **‘Nagarkirtan’** and further led by Panj Pyaras. The ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ is read for 48 hours.
People carry **Sikh Flags** and organize a **Palki of Guru Granth Sahib,** singing devotional songs. An amazing display of swordsmanship and martial arts takes place which is a beautiful and unique sight to watch.

Once the procession is over, the **‘Langar’ **is served – a special lunch organized by the community at the **Gurudwaras**. People massively take part in offering food and also doing **Seva of God.** After **Langar,** there is a prayer session around sunset. It is said that **Guru Nanak** was **born at** **1:20 am** and hence the followers gather and celebrate post **midnight.**

**_Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti_** and hope the great saint showers his utmost blessings on us.

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