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Guru Nanak Jayanti
Guru Nanak Jayanti –Commemorates the Birthday of Guru
Guru Nanak is the founder of Sikh faith. He was born during the month of Oct/Nov (Kartik month). To commemorate his birthday Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated by the Sikhs. It is considered as the most scared festivals in the Sikh community. Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with dedication, great fervour and devotion all across India as well as where Sikh followers resides across the globe. This event is observed in the month of Kartik that is the full moon day as per the Hindu calendar. In this day the Sikh people sings typical hymns for praising the Guru. On the other hand in Gurudwaras as well as in Sikh temples special Langars are organized, which is a community meal. This meal gets served without taking a single penny from the people attending this Langar from all sections of religion.
Life of Guru Nanak Jayanti
Nanak ji was later succeeded by other nine Gurus. “Granth Sahib” was compiled by the fifth Guru, whereas Guru Govind Singh gave its final form. Nanak was born on 15th April near Lahore, in present day it is Pakistan. Today, his birthplace is marked as Gurudwara Janam Asthan. At the age of five, Nanak have voiced interest in divine subjects and was a scholar students among his age boys. Guru Nanak married to Mata Sulakkhani on 24th September, 1487 in the town of Batala. The couple has two sons namely Lakhmi Chand and Sri Chand. The teachings of Guru Nanak can be found on scriptures. He believed that there is no Hindus or Muslims, everyone is same. From this point of time Sikhism was born. Nanak’s preaching is followed in three ways: Vand Chakko, Kirat Karo and Naam Japna.
Celebrations during Guru Nanak Jayanti
On this sacred festival, Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated on large platform. GuruPurabs marks the culmination by arranging Prabhat Pheris. At the early morning, various processions are been carried out at the Gurudwars. The Sikh followers go singing Hymns start from the Gurudwaras to the locality. The festival is celebrated for three days. During the Prabhat Pheri, the holy book “Guru Granth” is read continuously without a break. The Granth Sahib is decorated with flowers and is float during the Prabhat Pheris. During the festivals, free sweets and langar are been distributed. Almost in all Gurudwaras, lunches are been arranged for both common people and for poor people. Men and women including children participate in the Karmseva to the needy people. The lunches arranged are usually called as “Guru Ka Langar” along with “Tirth Prasad”.
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