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Guru Nanak Jayanti Guruparv 2023 Sikh Jatha Pakistan Guru Nanak Dev Prakash Parv Prakash Guruparv Nankana Sahib

A ‘Sikh Jatha’ left for Pakistan from New Delhi on Friday to visit Gurudwaras to commemorate the 554th birthday of Baba Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism. Around 3000 visas were issued by the Pakistan High Commission for Sikh pilgrims from India to participate in the event scheduled from November 25 to December 04, 2023. This year, Guru Nanak Jayanti is on November 27, 2023 (Monday), and is celebrated for 15 days. After Diwali.

“During the yatra, the pilgrims, inter alia, will visit Dera Sahib, Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib and Kartarpur Sahib. Expressing his views on the occasion, Charge d’Affaires, Shri Aizaz Khan extended his warm wishes to the pilgrims and their Wish you a safe journey,” Pakistan High Commission in India said.

This festival marks the 554th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, which is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Kartik. Guru Nanak Dev was born in 1469 in Talwandi village in the Punjab region of present-day Pakistan, now known as Nankana Sahib.

Guru Nanak Dev laid the foundation of Sikhism, earning him the title of first Guru. The Sikh community affectionately addresses Guru Nanak Dev by various names including Nanak, Baba Nanak, Nanak Dev and Nanak Shah.

The occasion is celebrated as ‘Prakash Parv’, and on this day, the Sikh community visits Gurudwaras, engages in seva (selfless service), and attends langar (community kitchen) in the name of Guru Nanak. . Kirtan (devotional singing) is performed in Gurudwaras and the day is celebrated as Guruparva.

“Ik Onkar”, a term meaning ‘God is one’, was preached by Guru Nanak Dev, reflecting the core philosophy of Sikhism – belief in one universal God.

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