Sikhs visit Pakistan's Nankana Sahib to celebrate Guru Nanak's birth anniversary
Hundreds of devout Indian Sikhs visited Nankana Sahib near Lahore in Pakistan to offer prayers at the Gurudwara on Wednesday on the occasion of the 543rd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh faith.
Nankana Sahib is believed to be Guru Nanak's birthplace.
The coordinator of American Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, Prithipal Singh said: "We wish the entire community on this auspicious occasion of 543rd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. We hope that people follow the principles prescribed by the Sikh Guru for the Sikh community. We also pray for the betterment of the relations between the two countries. On this occasion we pray that peace prevails in the entire nation."
On this particular day, revered as the most auspicious, devout Sikhs and even others from across the world throng the most revered Golden Temple and take a holy dip on the occasion of 'Guru Nank Jayanti'.
Golden Temple, also known as Harminder Sahib, is the holiest Sikh shrine in the world. It is illuminated with colourful lights for few days on this occasion.
Sikhism was founded in the 15th century in the Punjab, an area straddling the border between Pakistan and India, by Guru Nanak Dev and has had 10 successive gurus.
Punjab is the only area in the world with a majority Sikh population.
The manager of the Golden Temple, H S Malhi, said a 'Jalau', an exhibit of Sikhism's symbolic invaluable items is held on this auspicious occasion.
In New Delhi, President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and several other leaders participated in the celebrations at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Devotees lit candles at the Gurudwara and offered prayers before the holy book.
Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh guru and the founder of the Sikh religion, was born on the full moon day in the month of Kartik as per the Hindu calendar. Hence, his birthday is celebrated as Guru Nanak Jayanti.