19th November, 2021
Jayanti Tithi- Friday, 19th November 2021
Purnima Tithi Begins - 11:59 on (18th November 2021)
Purnima Tithi Ends - 14:26 on (19th November 2021)
India is a profane country and thus, Indians have no less enthusiasm for the celebration of any festival. Guru Nanak Jayanti is the most auspicious and widely celebrated festival for the followers of the religion of Sikhism and It is also called “Guru Parv” by many devotees.
This day is celebrated to remember the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru – Shree Guru Nanak Dev Ji. This occasion is not only celebrated in India but also celebrated with great enthusiasm in other countries. According to the Hindu calendar, the festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated on a full moon day (Kartika Poornima) in the month of Kartik.
In the Sikh and Sindhi communities, people denote Guru Nanak Dev as their supreme being (God). This occasion will mark the 552nd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak and it is one of the most popular & oldest festivals of the Sikh calendar.
History & Significance
Following the mythological history, Shree Guru Nanak was born on 15th April 1469 at ‘Rai Bhoi Di Latvandi’ (situated on the banks of river Ravi) near Lahore, which is in Sekhpura district of current Pakistan. A Holy Place (Gurudwara) was built at his place of origin in the city now known as “Nankana Sahib” and is located in the Punjab province of Pakistan.
Guru Nanak is considered as a spiritual teacher who founded Sikhism in the 15th century. He started writing the Guru Granth Sahib (Holy Book) & completed 974 hymns in which his verses also preach selfless service to humanity, prosperity & social justice for all, irrespective of differences, and the main verses from the Guru Granth Sahib elaborate that the creator of the universe was one.
The word Guruparv merges two words “Guru” which means teachers and the Hindi word “Parv” which means “day”. On this day, Sikh and Sindhi communities all over the globe worship their teacher – Shree Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Celebrations & Festivity
The core element of the celebration of Guru Nanak Jayanti is devotion and passion. Across the globe, devotees celebrate the festival with great religious values. In India, the celebration of this festival is observed in the states of Punjab & Haryana mostly.
This occasion is celebrated for three days and the preparations begin two days before Guru Nanak Jayanti in Gurudwaras. A day ahead of the festival, people prepare for the parade in honor of Guru Nanak Dev called ‘Nagarkirtan’ and the parade is led by five men (Panj Pyare) holding the Sikh triangular flag (Nishan Sahib).
This is one of the most auspicious days of the year and it brings the family together to pray and show devotion towards Guru Nanak Dev and devotees organize a 48-hour non-stop performance of ‘Akhand Path’. The holy Guru Granth Sahib is placed in a palanquin during the parade and devotees decorate the Palanquin (Palki) delightfully with their hands. Devotees chat hymns in groups, play traditional musical instruments, and also display their martial art skills.
The joyful parade passes through streets that are decorated with flags and flowers. This festival aims to seek blessings of Shree Guru Nanak Dev Ji and devotees decorate their homes, wearing new clothes, lighting holy lamps (Diye), distribution offerings.
This festival starts with “Prabhat Pheri” in Gurudwaras by standing in groups and devotees chant “Aasa-dewar” early in the morning by keeping procession in every locality. The majority of Gurudwaras organize Kirtan (prayer offerings) and ceremonies of Amrit Sanchar & Amrit Vela in which devotees join together and worship at a specific time.
In the afternoon, The Guru Ka Langar (free distribution of food) and the special halwa (Karah Prasad) is offered to devotees outside Gurudwaras everywhere. The Gurudwara of Amritsar (Golden Temple) is the place that gets most of the visitors and on this occasion, every child, man & woman participate with great enthusiasm.
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In 2021, the festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti falls on 19th November, Friday. This occasion is performed during the Muhurat time mentioned by the online astrologers. The days and dates of Muhurat timing can differ from place-to-place depending upon sunrise and sunset time.
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