Guru Nanak Jayanti

By Patrick Corby

Today Sikhs celebrated their religious founder Guru Nanak’s 543rd birthday.

Here are some photos from yesterdays procession towards the Sri Akal Takhat Temple in Amritsar, India. Thousands of pilgrims will travel to Pakistan to pay tribute to their founders birthplace.

Indian Sikh devotees carry The Palki Sahib, the Sikh holy book, during Tuesday’s procession

Indian Sikh Nihang- Warrior – Fire Breathing in celebration of 543rd birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev.

Indian Sikh Nihang- Warrior – Showing their Gata Skils in celebration

Guru Nanak Jayanti – extensively celebrated as Gurpurab across India and the world – is one of the several religious festivals in Sikhism commemorating the birth and philosophy of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru and founder of Sikhism. Sikhs and ardent followers of Guru Nanak remember him by celebrating Guru Nanak Jayanti with great enthusiasm. Admirers will observe Guru Nanak Jayanti 2012 today as a Indian holiday.

Guru Nanak (1469AD – 1539AD) was born in a village named Rai Bhoi di Talwandi, presently popular as Nankana Sahib, Pakistan. Biographical sources depict that from childhood he showed deep interest in matters pertaining to divinity and spirituality. Towards his later age, he completely engrossed himself in preaching the importance and power of spirituality in one’s life that ultimately gave birth to Sikhism. Guru Nanak Jayanti is also about reliving his preaching and teachings that are quoted in the sacred Sikh scripture Guru Grant Sahib, the holy book in which hymns of Sikh Gurus are quoted.

Gurpurab actually refers to the anniversary festivities that revolve around the lives of 10 Sikh Gurus to mark the significant contributions towards Sikhism. Because of such reasons, celebration of Guru Nanak Jayanti is much similar to other Gurpurabs with the exception of the hymns.

Devotees sing hymns in the early morning from Sikh scriptures including Asa-di-Var followed by poems and sermons to relive the significant accounts and activities from Guru’s life symbolically in his praise.

The Celebrations will conclude today and end the 543rd birthday of Sikhisms founder.

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