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Guru Nanak Jayanti

Guru Nanak Jayanti

Guru Nanak Jayanti

  • By Rohit
  • Dec 20, 2019

Auspicious Guru Nanak Jayanti-Celebrate with Vigor and Receive Gods blessings

India is the only country in the world that has been a place of vivid heritage, cultural diversity, and religious harmony. There are several religions, cultures as well as languages exhibiting their uniqueness and significance in their own way. Sikhism is amongst the most valuable religion that showcases true humanity. Also described as a Martial community of North India, Sikhs have always been appreciated for their valor and broad minds. Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism and the first Guru of Sikhs.

Religious Significance of Guru Nanak Jayanti

Guru Nanak is believed to be the great mystic and saint. The festival is celebrated with utmost significance as he was the person with god gifted knowledge of devotion, humanity, truth,  morality. In north India, followers of Guru Nanak celebrate their birthday with full of zeal.

Special Programs and Traditions on Guru Nanak Jayanti

On this auspicious day, people get up before sunrise and take participation in Prabhat Pheris. In Prabhat Pheris people gather near Gurudwaras and move around the society with reciting hymns from Sikh scriptures. The afternoon session is devoted to free meal ( called Langars) that is organized for everyone. The purpose of this offering reveals a form of service and devotion.

The environment of Gurudwara on this auspicious day is very interesting; People give their best in decorating Gurudwara premises. Some Sikh devotees organize rituals at their home with enticing decorations. In Gurudwara, an unstoppable reading of Guru Granth Sahib is continued for forty-eight hours. One day before the birthday, the procession is organized by devotees where Sikhs carry the flag and palanquin of Guru Granth Sahib.

Arrangements at Golden Temple in Amritsar

The world-famous attraction The Golden Temple is considered as the most pious place for Sikhs. On the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, people from all over the world visit the Golden Temple. In the processions, people sing hymns and make the environment devotional.

Special preparations at the Golden Temple are made on this auspicious day. The event held on this festival in the Golden Temple of Amritsar is considered as very important. A special Langar is arranged for Guru, and every one person coming here is offered this Langar.

KADA Prasad, a special offering made with flour, chani and Desi Ghee is also prepared. To ensure that more and more people receive this offering, this prasad is made in a big circle.

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2020 and 2021

Guru Nanak Jayanti is a public holiday that is celebrated as the Birthday of Gurunanak.

Year

Date

Day

Holiday

2020

30 November

Monday

Guru Nanak Jayanti

2021

19 November

Friday

Guru Nanak Jayanti

Guru Nanak Jayanti is basically a Sikh Holiday, however, In India, the festival is enjoyed by different demographic groups in India along with Hindus. The Indian State of Punjab, this festival is the major event, also it is celebrated in different parts of the country with vigor. 

Activities held in the Celebration of Guru Nanak Jayanti

There are a number of activities organized by Sikhs and other Indians to honor the life and teachings of Guru Nanak.

Akhand Path: 48 continuous hours of reciting Guru Granth Sahib

Nagar Kitan: A lovely procession organized one day before the festival. Musicians, martial artists, and choreographers showcase their arts in the parade.

Langar: People can enjoy free lunch with their friends and family members. After having a meal, people attend evening prayers as a mean of devotion.

The Life and Philosophy Of Guru Nanak

The time before the birth of Nanak, India was known for hierarchy based caste system. This system was not leaving a good impression on mankind, as owing to this practice, the poor had no exposure to become prosperous, and the wealthy people were continuously increasing their powers. Guru Nanak realized this kind of inequality and injustice and decided to give his life to fight against it.

After continuous meditation and self-analysis, Guru Nanak could receive an aim that revealed him as the true intention of God.  As per his teachings, the caste system in India is not a necessary part to connect with God. He believed, that every human is the same, and should have a privilege to direct connection with God. In his teachings, he always suggested his followers live their moral life and continue worshipping God through prayers.

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