Guru Nanak Death Anniversary: All You Need to Know About the Founder of Sikhism
Guru Nanak was the first Guru and founder of Sikhism. He is known for his political, social and spiritual beliefs. His teachings can be found in the Sikh holy scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib, a collection of verses written in Gurumukhi. Guru Nanak Dev Ji was the one who spread the message of ‘One God’. He traveled the world to spread the message that God creates eternal truth and lives in His creations.
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He also referred to the Guru as the voice of God, the true source of knowledge and salvation. Guru Nanak Devji also used to say that God is only the Supreme Truth and the Ultimate Reality. He was fearless and had no enemies in his life.
Here’s what you need to know about Guru Nanak Dev on his death anniversary:
- He was born on Purnamashi Tithi of Kartik month in 1469 according to Bikrami calendar.
- He was born in the village of Talwandi in Rai Bhoi, today known as Nanka Sahib, near Lahore (in modern Pakistan).
- Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the most important days for Sikhs and is celebrated as Prakash Utsav.
- Although Guru Nanak believed that he was neither a Hindu nor a Muslim, he was born of Hindu parents.
- Guru Nanak started his school at the age of seven.
- Guru Nanak along with his Muslim companion (and friend) Bhai Mardana traveled all over the world including Mecca, Tibet, Kashmir, Bengal, Manipur, Rome to spread the holy message.
- Later Bhai Lehna was appointed as his successor by Guru Nanak and renamed as Guru Angad.
- Guru Nanak Devji was married to Sulkhani, daughter of Mool Chand, who belonged to Batala area of Gurdaspur district of Punjab. He performed four rounds of the sacred fire during his marriage instead of seven.
- His son Srichand was the founder of Udasi religion.
- Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, died on September 22, 1539 in Kartarpur at the age of 70.
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