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Guru Nanak Jayanti 2017: Significance of the sacred day of Gurpurab

05 November 2017, 02:02 | Todd Saunders

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2017: Significance of the sacred day of Gurpurab

Watch: 900 Indian pilgrims head to Pakistan to celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak

The entire nation is celebrating Guru Nanak Birthday today.

"On Guru Nanak Jayanti we bow to the venerable Sri Guru Nanak Devji and recall his noble thoughts", Modi tweeted. Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanak Gurpurab, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, and is considered one of the most sacred festivals among Sikhs.

Born in 1469 in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi (Nankana Sahib, now in Pakistan), Guru Nanak Dev was the first of the 10 Sikh Gurus. Provincial government and Auqaf and Evacuee Trust have made arrangements to facilitate the Sikh Yatrees. The festival which is one of the sacred amongst all in the Sikh community and is celebrated for nearly 3 days is that time of the year when followers of this religion tend to be most auspicious, go to Gurdwaras to indulge in their religious practices and pray to god for happy and prosperous lives. "We have established online charity system and now anyone who wants to donate money for building new residential buildings can do so and the process is transparent", he added.

Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurpurab is one of the holiest festivals celebrated by the Sikh community across the world.

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Sikhs living in Pakistan had a long had a demand for the construction of a university after the name of their first religious head in the Punjab district.

The main function will be held at Nankana Sahib on November 4. According to the beliefs of Sikh religion, it is believed that the spirit of Nanak Dev descended upon each of the nine subsequent Gurus.

"In the langar special delicacies prepared in the community kitchen were served and people irrespective of their caste, community and religion feasted together", said Jarnail Singh Pradhan of the Guruduwara. The pilgrims will leave for India on November 11.

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