Guru Nanak Jayanti is an occasion to reflect on the glorious history of Sikhism, giving the community a chance to be proud of their rich culture and heritage.
Why is Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrated?
Guru Nanak Jayanti marks the significance of the birth of the first Sikh Guru – Guru Nanak Dev. He was the founder and establisher of Sikhism. The sacred day is also known as ‘Guru Nanak Prakash Utsav’ and ‘Guru Purab’.
This most religious festival falls in the month of Kartik, according to the Hindu calendar. The holy day is celebrated mainly in Punjab and Northern parts of India on a massive scale.
How is Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrated?
Gurupurab is celebrated by way of processions, carrying the holy book of Sikhs, ‘Guru Granth Sahib’, decorated with flowers and reciting hymns from various scriptures.
On this day, gurudwaras are decorated with love and respect. Early morning melodious ‘Prabhat Pheris’ that begin from gurudwaras initiate the whole day celebration. They are followed by processions known as the ‘Nagar Kirtans’ and further led by ‘Panj Pyaras’.
People carry Sikh flags and organise a Palki of Guru Granth Sahib, singing devotional songs. A unique sight of amazing display of swordsmanship and martial art is worth watching. After the procession is over, the ‘Langar Prasad’ is served at gurudwaras.
‘Karah Prasad’ is the most important part of the langar having auspicious significance. This sweet dish has the utmost blessings of the great saint. A prayer session takes place around the sunset.
Gurudwaras famous for their Gurupurab celebration
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit any of the gurudwaras famous for their Gurupurab celebration. So peaceful and rejuvenating!
Gurudwra Bangla Sahib, Delhi: The view of this gurudwara is mesmerising on Gurupurab. The serene atmosphere, beautiful lighting and two day long Akhand Path calls for a visit to the place.
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, Delhi: The shrine is built at the site where ninth Sikh guru, Guru Teg Bahadur was beheaded in 17th century on the orders of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The gurudwara is known to celebrate every occasion bearing significance to the religion in the best possible way. People travel all the way to be a part of these celebrations especially on Gurupurab.
Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab: The famous Sikh pilgrimage witnesses visits from not only Sikh community but Non-Sikh devotees also participating almost in equal number. The pravachans of preachers of Sikhism, stunning lighting and the fireworks are the major attractions on the festival.
Akal Takht, Amritsar, Punjab: The everlasting throne just opposite to Golden Temple is illuminated beautifully for the occasion. If you want to connect yourself to almighty, you can undoubtedly restore that peace of mind here.
Sri Hazoor Sahib, Nanded, Maharashtra: The last Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh took his last breath at this holy place. This gurudwara still preserves some of the war weapons used by Guru Gobind Singh like his swords, bows and arrows. Many people visit this place of historical significance at important Gurupurabs.
Gurupurab is around the corner. Plan to visit any of the above gurudwaras. May Guru Nanak Dev shower his utmost blessings on you. Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti!