Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurpurab is being celebrated with religious fervor to mark the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, who laid the foundation of Sikhism.
This year marks the 549th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
On this day, Sikh devotees around the world offer prayers. The Golden temple in Amritsar celebrates Gurpurab with gaiety and enthusiasm.
Starting with ‘Akhand Path’, the gurdwaras recite 48-hour long, non-stop verses from the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs. They carry palanquins in Nagar Kirtan processions too.
In Punjab, most of the Gurdwaras have been decorated nicely. Guru Nanak Dev was born on Kartik Purnima in 1469 in Nankana Sahib, now in Pakistan.
On Thursday, Nagar kirtans were carried all over Punjab and Haryana including Dera Baba Nanak, Amritsar, and Sultanpur Lodhi.
Special Ardas prayers are being performed and langars are being organized to mark the occasion.