The First Guru; Shri Gurunanak Dev Ji

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~Raj Agrawal

Bole So Nihal…….

Sat Sri Akal

“Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh”

Ever wondered why Guru Nanak Jayanti is special for the Sikhs or why they celebrate this day. Gurpurab, Guru Nanak Jayanti, or Prakash Utsav. We call it by so many names but its celebration, excitement, and glory are always unique. This is the most auspicious and special day for all the Sikhs and also this day is celebrated with joy and glee by Sikhs as the day marks the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the religion Sikhism. 

Guru Nanak dev was considered to be the first guru of Sikh. He was born at Puranmashi of Kathak in 1469, in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present Sheikhupura District of Pakistan. 

Why is Gurunanak Jayanti celebrated?

The festival of Gurunanak Jayanti is Celebrated on the day of Kartik Poornima (full moon day in the month of Kartik) in November. This day is celebrated on a larger scale as he is the first guru and also the founder of the Sikh religion. Not just in India, celebrations are held in every part of the world as well where the Sikh community resides. 

How is it Celebrated?

Before 2 days to the Guru parv, the celebrations begin with the non-stop reading of the holy book of Sikh “Guru Granth Sahib” for 48 hours and is called the “Akhand Path”.

The next day the Panj Pyaras (five beloved people) do the “Nagarkirtan”. In the Nagarkirtan the Sikhs carry their flag, sing their hymns, and share the teachings of Shri Guru Nanak Ji while passing the streets.

Source; the financial express

On the day of the guru parv, the celebrations begin early in the morning with hymns and kirtans. That day is called “Amrit Vela”. Also on that day, all the volunteers organize langar for everyone as Gurunanak Ji says irrespective of gender, caste, or religion, should be offered food in the spirit of Seva bhakti.


Guru Nanak Gurpurab is celebrated by the Sikh community all over the world and is one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar. The celebrations are especially colourful in Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh. Not only the Sikhs but, even Sindhis also Celebrate this auspicious day. 

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