Guru Nanak Jayanti:
The Prime Minister greeted people on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti.
- Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated on the 15th lunar day of the Hindu month of Kartik.
- It is one of the most important days of Sikhism and marks the birth anniversary of the first of the ten Sikh gurus and the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
- The day honours the teachings and wisdom of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and also promotes unity, equality, and selfless service, embodying the core principles of Sikh philosophy.
- Guru Nanak (1469–1539), also referred to as Baba Nanak, was the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus.
- He was born on April 15, 1469, in Rai Bhoi di Talwandi, now Nankana Sahib, Pakistan.
- Guru Nanak Dev spread the message of ‘Ek Omkar’ which means that God is one and is present everywhere.
- He propagated the idea that any person could connect with God by worshipping him with a clean conscience.
- Guru Nanak laid the foundation for the three pillars of Sikhism: Naam Japna (meditating on God’s name), Kirat Karni (honest and truthful living), and Vand Chakna (sharing with others, especially those in need).
- He was a poet, a mystic, a philosopher, and a singer who denounced ritualism as well as discrimination against women and those of lower socioeconomic status.
- Guru Nanak rejected the caste system and promoted the idea of equality among all people, regardless of their background, caste, or gender.
- He introduced the concept of “Sangat” (community), where all could come together to worship.
- All his teachings are composed together to form the sacred book called Guru Granth Sahib, the central holy religious scripture of Sikhism.