Braving the early morning chill, scores of devotees thronged gurdwaras across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to offer prayers on the occasion of "Guru Purab", the birth anniversary of the first Sikh guru, Nanak Dev. In 2017, Guru Nanak Jayanti falls on November 4.
Guru Nanak Jayanti or Guruparb is being celebrated across the country today.
Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism, was born in 1469 at Nankana Sahib near Lahore, now in Pakistan.
Canada is proud to be home to one of the largest Sikh communities outside India. The Governor has prayed for the development of the state beside happiness and prosperity of the people of the state on Guru Nanak Jayanti.
In an over one-minute long video message, Modi said Guru Nanak undertook a 28,000-km journey on foot to spread the message of true humanity. The students and staff members of the university came together and recited hymns in the praise of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. According to the beliefs of Sikh religion, it is believed that the spirit of Nanak Dev descended upon each of the nine subsequent Gurus. Panj Payaras (Beloved Five) led the procession which had the holy book in the flower-decked palanquin (Palki Sahib).
The birthday of Guru Nanak is celebrated by people in a three-day significance. The Vice-Chancellor motivated the students to imbibe in themselves the teachings and message of Guru Nanak Dev ji. Devotees sing devotional songs and hymns from Sikh scriptures during the grand procession. This is followed by a special community lunch called as the Langar.