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Guru Nanak Jayanti and what you should know about Guru Purab

krishna murthy
The festival is celebrated to honor the birth anniversary of the Guru Nanak Dev. The festival is also known as Guru Purab or Prakash Parv.
Guru Nanak Dev was born in the year 1469 on the day of Kartik Purnima.
This year, on the occasion of Kartik Purnima, a total Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan (also known as the Blood Moon) will take place.
It is believed that Guru Nanak is the first Guru of Sikhism. Guru Nanak Dev was born at Talwandi Nankana Sahib which is why he is addressed as Nanak.
Guru Nanak Dev laid the foundation of the Sikh religion and brought enlightenment to this world. The festival is to honour his life, his achievements and, most importantly, his legacy.
All his teachings are composed together to form the sacred book called Guru Granth Sahib - the central holy religious scripture of Sikhism.
On this day, a 48-hour non-stop recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib, called Akhand Path, is held in the Gurudwaras.
Additionally, a procession called Nagarkirtan is organised a day before Guru Nanak's birthday, led by five men called the Panj Pyare, who hold the Sikh triangular flag, Nishan Sahib.
During the procession, the Guru Granth Sahib is placed in a palanquin, and people sing hymns in groups, play traditional musical instruments, and display their martial art skills
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