Gurpurab, which is also known as Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti, marks the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first of the 10 Sikh Gurus. Gurpurab celebrates and glorifies the hard work, morality and truth inherent in the preachings of Guru Nanak.
Born on April 15, 1469 in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi (now in Pakistan), Guru Nanak Dev is known as one of the “greatest religious innovators of all times”. Nanak Dev travelled extensively to spread the message and teaching of God. He believed that there is an almighty who dwells in every one of his creations and constitutes the eternal truth. He set up various spiritual social and political platforms based on equality, fraternal love, goodness and virtue.
Your favorite Bollywood and television celebrities too have wished love, peace and prosperity to the entire nation on this auspicious occasion of Gurpurab. Check out what they had to say.
Amitabh Bachchan: Greetings on Guru Nanak Dev ji’s Birthday.
T 2700 – Greetings on Guru Nanak Dev ji’s Birthday .. pic.twitter.com/UHJ92bWsCl
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 3, 2017
Sridevi: Wishing everyone a very happy Guru Nanak Jayanti.
— SRIDEVI BONEY KAPOOR (@SrideviBKapoor) November 4, 2017
Neha Dhupia: Gurupurab diyan sab nu lakh lakh vadhaiyan. (Wishing you and your family a very happy Guru Nanak Jayanti)
Gurupurab diyan sab nu lakh lakh vadhaiyan 😇 pic.twitter.com/nWTMANYkOl
— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) November 4, 2017
Armaan Malik: Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti and Gurpurab! May everyone keep spreading only peace, love and positivity.
— ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) November 4, 2017
Kunal Kohli: Guru Nanak Jayanti peace on earth to all.
— kunal kohli (@kunalkohli) November 4, 2017
Vishal Dadlani: Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti, all! May we all find compassion for all humanity, without any difference/separation.
Happy #GuruNanakJayanti , all! May we all find compassion for all humanity, without any difference/separation.
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) November 3, 2017
Aly Goni: Guru Nanak Gurpurab is celebrated as the day to remember the first Sikh Guru who laid the foundation of Sikhism and is a reminder for the devotees to follow his teachings and devote their life in the selfless service of God. I make sure to pay a visit at Gurudwara on the day.
Suyyash Rai: Guru Nanak Jayanti is an important festival for us. We make sure to pay a visit to Gurudwara and offer our prayers. Gurpurab is celebrated as the day of reverence and is a reminder for the devotees to follow the teachings of Guru Nanak and devote one’s life in the selfless service of the God.
Kunal Jaisingh: Guru Nanak Jayanti is a special celebration for us. I make sure to pay a visit at Gurudwara. Some gurdwaras also hold the night prayers which begin around the sunset and continue late at night. Hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib are recited by the devotees at 1:20 am, the actual birth time of Guru Nanak and continue till about 2 am. The celebrations are really special.
Gaurav Khanna: Gurpurab is one of the most important festivals celebrated world over. The celebrations last three days. People celebrate the day by visiting Gurdwaras, seeking Guru Nanak Ji’s blessings, eating langar – the community meal and lighting candles and diyas. People also decorate their houses with lights. Its one of the important festival for us. I make sure to visit Gurudwara and offer my prayers.
Mahika Sharma: I always spare time on the day to make sure I pay my visit Guru saheb at a Gurudwara. A special community lunch called the langar, is also organized at the gurdwaras and everyone, irrespective of caste, creed or class is offered food as part of the selfless service. I always volunteer.
Arjun Singh Shekhawat: Guru Nanak Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and the first of the 10 gurus, is an important celebration for us. On this occasion, I pay my visit to a Gurudwara and at work or while travelling I make sure to listen to tracks featuring shabad or texts from the Guru Granth Sahib, the principal religious scripture of the Sikhs, rendered by well-known vocalists from the Hindustani tradition.
Shalini Kapoor: Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the important and special festival for us. I try my best to join the functions going around in the Gurudwara. Like a day before Gurpurab, Nagarkirtan, which is a procession by devotees, is organised. The procession, which pours into the streets of the towns, is led with a Palki or Palanquin of Guru Granth Sahib and followed by chorus of devotees singing hymns and prayers.