Guru Nanak's Birth­day

Business Sphere - - CONTENTS - By G. R. Khat­tar, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

at the Shrine (Gur­d­wara) rep­re­sent­ing the home of Baba Kalu (Fa­ther) and Mata Tripta (Mother) called Gur­d­wara Janam Asthan, si­t­u­ated at Rai-Bhoidi-Tal­wandi in the present dis­trict of Shekhupura (now Nanakana Sahib in Pak­istan). Sikhs from all over the world gather here and cel­e­brate the Gu­rupurab ev­ery year with great de­vo­tion and en­thu­si­asm.

When is Guru Nanak's Birth­day?

Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of Sikhism, was born on 15th April, 1469 at Rai-Bhoi-di Tal­wandi in the present dis­trict of Shekhupura (Pak­istan), now Nanakana Sahib. In In­dia in 2017, this day is a hol­i­day in the fol­low­ing re­gions: Arunachal pradesh, As­sam, Bi­har, Chandi­garah, Ch­hat­tis­garh, Delhi, Goa, Gu­jarat, Haryana, Hi­machal pradesh, Jammu and Kash­mir, Jhark­hand, Ker­ala, Ma­ha­rash­tra, Ma­nipur, Megha­laya, Mi­zo­ram, Mad­hya pradesh, Na­ga­land, Pun­jab, Ra­jasthan, Te­lan­gana, Ut­tar Pradesh, Ut­tarak­hand, West Ben­gal. In­dian stocks, bonds and cur­rency mar­kets are closed. The Birth­day of Guru Nanak Sahib falls on Kar­tik Pu­ran­mashi i.e. full moon day of the month Kar­tik (usu­ally November). Guru Nanak's re­li­gious ideas de­vel­oped from both Hindu and Is­lamic thought, but are more than a sim­ple synthesis. Nanak was an orig­i­nal spir­i­tual thinker and he ex­pressed his thoughts and ideas in po­etry that forms the ba­sis of Sikh scrip­ture. Lit­tle is known about the life of Nanak, but it is ac­cepted that Nanak was born ap­prox. 40 miles from La­hore in mod­ern day Pak­istan) in 1469. Sikh tra­di­tions teach that his birth and early years were marked with many events that demon­strated that God had marked him out for some­thing spe­cial and was keep­ing an eye on him. The Sikh com­mu­nity cel­e­brates Gu­rupu­rav all over In­dia, and no­tably Pak­istan On 28 May 2014, the Pun­jab Assem­bly on adopted a res­o­lu­tion tabled by MPA Ramesh Singh Arora to de­clare birth­day of Baba Guru Nanak a pub­lic hol­i­day in Pak­istan from 2014 on­wards. This res­o­lu­tion has not be­come en­acted, so there is no pub­lic hol­i­day in Pak­istan.

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