Guru Nanak Jayanti

Guru Nanak Jayanti

Gurupurab or Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the first of the 10 Sikh gurus and the founder of Sikhism.

This year, Guru Nanak Jayanti was observed on November 27. 

Guru Nanak Jayanti falls on the moon day in the month of Kartik, fifteen days after Diwali.

Born in 1469, Guru Nanak was one of the greatest religious innovators of all time and the founder of the Sikh religion.

Nanak was born on 15 April 1469 at Talwandi Rai Bhoe village about 40 miles from Lahore (now in Pakistan) in 1469, was later renamed as Nankana Sahib.

The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev is celebrated with great fervour by Sikhs. At Nankana Sahib a grand fair and festival is held, and Sikhs in thousand congregate here from India and abroad. 

Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture, is continuously read and recited in the Gurudwaras ('Akhand path') all over the country, lamps are lighted, processions are taken out, free langars (meals) are arranged and prasad (holy food) is distributed. Guru Purab celebrations at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, are impressive.