Guru Nanak birth anniversary celebrated with fervour (in pics)

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New Delhi, Nov 17: Thousands of devotees thronged gurudwaras across the country on the occasion of Gurupurab, marking the 545th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism.

Devotees in large numbers thronged the the Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar and other gurudwaras decked up for the occasion since early morning to pay obeisance.

Nagar kirtans were taken out in various towns yesterday, led by the Panj Pyaras (the five beloved ones). In Punjab, Sikhs and devotees from other faiths thronged gurdwaras in Patiala, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Bathinda, Moga, Anandpur Sahib, Phagwara, Ferozepur, Ropar, Mohali among other places.

Devotees paid obeisance in gurdwaras in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal and Sirsa of Haryana bearing a festive look on Gurpurab, one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism.

The 'Gatka' teams also displayed their swordsmanship through different martial arts and at mock battles using traditional weapons.

Amritsar

Sikh devotees wave as they leave in a special train from Amritsar railway station on Friday for Pakistan to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.

Panj Pyare leading the nagar kirtan

Panj Pyare leading the nagar kirtan during a religious procession at Golden Temple on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Amritsar on Saturday.

Jagannath Rath Yatra being taken out in Amritsar

Jagannath Rath Yatra being taken out by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), at Amritsar on Saturday.

View of Golden Temple

View of Golden Temple illuminated on the eve of 545th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev , the First master Sikh Guru golden temple Amritsar on Saturday.

Devotees paying obeisance at Golden Temple

Devotees paying obeisance at Golden Temple on the occasion of 545th Birth Anniversary of the first master Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev, at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Sunday.

Devotees at Golden Temple

Devotees paying obeisance at Golden Temple on the occasion of 545th Birth Anniversary of the first master Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev, at Golden Temple in Amritsar.

A view inside the Golden Temple

A view inside the Golden Temple as devotees paying obeisance on the occasion of 545th Birth Anniversary of the first master Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev, in Amritsar on Sunday.

PTI

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