Gurunanak Jayanti of India



Gurunanak Jayanti - Guru Nanak Jayanti festival commemorates the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev the founder of the Sikh faith. Guru Nanak Dev was born in the Hindu Month of Kartik in 1469 AD at Talvandi, almost 30 miles from Lahore. Sikhs celebrate the birthdays of all the ten gurus and call them Gurpurabs.

The procession also carries the holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, on a float decorated with flowers. The procession is headed by the Panj Pyares that carry Nishan Sahib. Then, there is a three-day Akhand path, reading of the Guru Granth Sahib, in full continuously and without a break. The path ends on the day of Guru Nanak Jayanti. As a part of Guru Nanak's Birthday celebrations in New Delhi, the capital of India, the Sikhs visit the most revered gurudwara of Delhi, Bangla Sahib. Devotees also light up their homes as well as the Gurdwaras to further enhance the festive spirit.