Guru Nanak Jayanti: Celebrations in India and Pakistan
Guru Nanak (1469-1539 C.E.) was the founder of the Sikhism and the first of the Sikh Gurus. His birth anniversary is celebrated worldwide on the day of Kartik Purnima as per Hindu lunar calendar.
A Sikh Jatha from India has left for Pakistan to celebrate 548th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev from Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.
Over 2,600 Sikh pilgrims from India reached Pakistan to attend the 548th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.
Soon after their arrival, the pilgrims left for Janum Asthan of Baba Guru Nanak at Nankana Sahib, the Dawn reported.
The main function will be held at Nankana Sahib on Saturday, where the pilgrims will perform sacred rituals. After that, the devotees will leave for Punja Sahib, Hassanabdal.
Every year, devotees from all over the world gather at Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Hassanabdal to celebrate Baba Guru Nanak's birth anniversary
The celebrations last for more than a week during which sacred rituals are performed at the Gurdwara and sweets and langar are offered, irrespective of religious orientation.
Martial arts skill
A Sikh devotee displays martial arts skill during a religious procession ahead of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Jammu on Wednesday. PTI Photo
Nagar Kirtan procession
Panj Payaras (five beloved ones) leading the Nagar Kirtan procession on the eve of the 548th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, in Amritsar on Friday. PTI Photo
Children dressed as Panj Payara's (five beloved ones) during the religious procession Nagar Kirtan procession on the eve of the 548th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, in Amritsar on Friday. PTI Photo
Sikh Jatha leaving for Pakistan
A Sikh Jatha leaving for Pakistan to celebrate 548th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev from Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday. PTI Photo