Guru Nanak Gurupurab or Guru Nanak Jayanti is a Sikh festival that celebrates the birth of Guru Nanak, who was the first Sikh Guru. Like other major festivals of India, Guru Nanak Gurpurab is celebrated by people across various faiths. According to the Indian ancient calendar, it is celebrated Kartik Poornima, the full moon day in the month of Kartik. Guru Nanak was the founder of the Sikh religion and the first among the 10 Sikh gurus. The sacred book of Sikhs called Guru Granth Sahib is considered the 11th living Guru.
Guru Nanak was born on April 15, 1469 at Rai Bhoi Ki Talvandi, now in Pakistan. The town is now called as Nankana Sahib. He was married at a young age and had two children. However, his spiritual urge compelled him to leave his wife and children and go to a spiritual pilgrimage with his best friend Mardana for 12 years. After attaining tremendous spiritual enlightenment, he started preaching against all forms of differentiations, especially religious and caste based. His movement of creating peace between people of various faiths gave rise to the religion of Sikhism. For the complete story of Guru Nanak, click HERE.
Here’s wishing Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti to all! May his message of peace and unity among all human beings be spread far and wide! In his own words – Aval Allah Noor Upaya, Kudrat Ke Sab Bande