There are Gurudwars in many places of Nepal where programs are organized in the memory of Guru Nanak. There is a Gurudwar in Kupondole where enthusiastic participation of people following Sikh and other religions can be seen today.
23 November, is celebrated worldwide asGuru Nanak Gurpurabon Kartik Pooranmashi, the full-moon day in the month of Kartik. This day is not only important to Sikh followers but to the believers of humanity as a whole. On the occasion of this special day, let’s know something about Guru Nanak, his contributions to humanity and why Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated.
Guru Nanak travelled far and wide teaching people unique spiritual, social, and political platform based on equality, fraternal love, goodness, and virtue.
Guru Nanak, the prophet of Sikh religion was born today. Today’s day is also known as festival of lights and grace among the followers of Sikhism worldwide and they celebrate it with faith.
There are numerous religions and prophets which have a common teaching to adapt a way of love, compassion, truth and non-violence.
Among the ten major prophets of Sikh religion, Guru Nanak was one of them and he was born on the day of Kartik Purnima.
The day starts with a progression of the followers worshiping Guru Nanak in a sacred space called Gurudwar. During this day, they chant various mantras describing the grace of Guru Nanak. This bhajan is called ‘Asaa Di Bhar’. Such gatherings are called ‘Amrit Bhela’. After Amrit Bhela, a collective feast is conducted by volunteers of Gurudwar which is called ‘Langaru’. In such feast, people from any race, ethnicity, gender or background are warmly welcomed. This is one of the best examples of social tolerance which conveys the message that all people are equal on the path of devotion and service.
The sacred book called ‘Guru Grantha Sahib’ is recited two days prior to Guru Nanak Jayanti for 48 hours according to the rites and rituals. Such continuous religious chant is called ‘Akhandapanthu’.
Similarly, a religious march is organized one day before Guru Nanak Jayanti where a chariot of Guruganthra Sahib is carried along with various chants. On this march, traditional games related to self defence are shown where they use traditional weapons like swords and Punjabi metallic knife.
The nocturnal worshiping is known as ‘Raharas Sahib Path’. It is celebrated with lots of excitement and enthusiasm in various part of India including Punjab, Hariyana, Chandigarh. The followers of Seikhism all around the world celebrate today’s day with immense faith.
There are Gurudwars in many places of Nepal where programs are organized in the memory of Guru Nanak. There is a Gurudwar in Kupondole where enthusiastic participation of people following Sikh and other religions can be seen today. People rejoice and come together to embrace humanity and peace in Gurudwar.
This world is in need of more prophets like Guru Nanak who can lead the pathway to truth, righteousness and encourage the patience amongst people during the journey to the pathway. Warm wishes to all the followers on this auspicious day. Good day ahead.