Millions are celebrating Gurpurab, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev today. With COVID-19 protocols in place, devotees offered prayers at Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar on the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Guru Nanak Gurpurab is a day of reverence and reminder for the devotees to follow the teachings of Guru Nanak and his selfless service to people.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji Jayanti, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak. One of the most celebrated Sikh gurus and the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev is highly revered by the Sikh community. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism, or Sikhi. Guru Nanak was born on Puranmashi of Kattak in 1469, according to the Bikrami calendar in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present Shekhupura District of Pakistan. Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with much joy and fervour throughout the country and different parts of the world on the Full Moon day of Kartik. It is also marked as Kartik Poornima. Families offered prayers and lit candles at the Golden Temple. The festivities in the Sikh religion revolve around the anniversaries of the 10 Sikh Gurus. These Gurus were responsible for shaping the beliefs of the Sikhs . Their birthdays, known as Gurpurab, are occasions for celebration and prayer among the Sikhs.
Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, other leaders including Rahul Gandhi paid tribute and wished people on Guru Nanak Jayanti, the founder of Sikhism.