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

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

The celebration begins as early as 4 am with Prabhat Pheris, the morning procession on Guru Nanak Jayanti.

Guru Nanak's birthday is celebrated on full moon day of Kartik month or Kartik Poornima.

Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanak Gurpurab and Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav marks the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, first Sikh Guru. It is estimated that there are over 25 million Sikhs around the world and some 500,000 living in America.

The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), which looks after Hindu temples, churches and gurudwaras in Pakistan, said it will provide foolproof security, transport, accommodation and other facilities to the pilgrims, Dawn reported. 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.

Sikhism was founded in the 15th century in the Punjab, an area straddling the border between Pakistan and India, by Guru Nanak and has had 10 successive gurus.

The ETPB chief further said that more residential rooms will be built in gurdwaras.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings to the nation on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti and recalled the life path and teachings of the Sikh Guru.

Sikh Jatha Leaving For Pakistan. Special community lunch, called the langar, are also organized at the gurdwaras.

They will return to Lahore on November 9.

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