Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti: Some Of The Unknown Facts About Guru Nanak

Published on 15th Nov 2021 by BlogBuster Editorial Team

Significance Of Guru Nanak Jayanti


Significance Of Guru Nanak Jayanti

India is a land of diverse cultures and religions presiding together in harmony. For centuries, our country has been known for its unity in diversity. Our cultural diversity depicts and is proof of our rich cultural history and heritage.

Among the many religions that exist in India, there is also Sikhism. It is the fifth-largest religion in the world and was founded by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first guru of the Sikhs. He always believed in and preached ‘equality for all,’ irrespective of their caste, religion and gender.

Sikhs all around the world celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti in his honour every year on a full moon day in the month of Kartik, according to the Hindu lunar calendar - Kartik Purnima. It is celebrated on Guru Nanak’s birthday and therefore is also called Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurupurab. This year, Guru Nanak Jayanti date is 19th November and people are all set for the Gurupurab celebration.

On the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, let us explore some unknown facts about Guru Nanak Dev Ji, inspiring Guru Nanak Ji quotes and significance of Guru Nanak Jayanti-

Interesting Facts About Guru Nanak Dev Ji

  1. Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born to father Mehta Kaloo Ji and mother Mata Tripta Ji in Talwandi Nankana Sahib, present-day Pakistan. He was the second child and had an elder sister, Bebe Nanaki.
  2. From a very young age, he enjoyed the company of holy men and engaged with them in talks of religion and the nature of God.
  3. An interesting fact about Guru Nanak Dev Ji is that he refused to wear the sacred thread of ‘Janeu’, saying instead he would hold God in his heart for his protection. He offered the reason that the thread could be broken or soiled but the name of God in heart will always be there with him.
  4. Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s father enrolled him in school at the age of seven. As a child, he astonished his teacher by explaining the symbolism of the first letter of the alphabet. In Persian or Arabic, it is a straight stroke, resembling the mathematical version of one. He described it as denoting the unity or oneness of God.
  5. It is an unknown fact about Guru Nanak that a gurdwara named ‘Sacha Sauda’ is built at the place where he used to feed the poor. He was 12 years old when his father gave him 25 Rs to do a business. Guru Nanak Dev Ji went and brought food from all that money and distributed it to the saints and the needy. When his father asked about the business, he said that he had done a ‘true business.’
  6. It is an interesting fact about Guru Nanak that he travelled across India and the Middle East to spread his message along with his companions Bala and Mardana. During one of his travels, he was found sleeping with his feet towards the Kaaba mosque in Mecca. Kazi Rukan-ud-din, who observed this, angrily objected. Guru Nanak replied that it is not possible to turn his feet in a direction that did not have God or a house of God - implying that God is everywhere. Kazi was struck with wonder upon understanding the meaning behind Guru Nanak’s words.
  7. Panja Sahib, a gurdwara in Pakistan, is one of the holiest places of Sikhism because of the presence of a rock believed to have the handprint of Guru Nanak imprinted on it. Based on some legend, Guru Nanak sent Bhai Mardana to Shah Wali Qandhari to quench his thirst. But Wali Qandhari refused his request and was rude to him. Guru Nanak Dev Ji, in order to quench Mardana's thirst, took the name of God and put aside a big rock lying nearby and a pure fountain of water sprang up and began to flow endlessly. On the other hand, the fountain of Shah Wali Qandhari dried up. On witnessing this, the Wali in his rage threw a part of a mountain towards him from the top of the hill. Guru Nanak stopped the hurled rock with his hand leaving his handprint on the rock.
  8. It is a lesser-known fact about Guru Nanak that he laid the foundation of Sikhism in the 15th century. His teachings can be found in the Sikh scripture Guru Granth Sahib, written like verses in Gurmukhi and can be practised in three ways- Vand Chhakkna: Sharing with others, helping those with less who are in need; Kirat Karna: Earning/making a living honestly, without exploitation or fraud; Naam Japna: Chanting the Holy Name and thus remembering God at all times.

Importance Of Guru Nanak Jayanti

Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. Born in 1469, Guru Nanak was the first of the 10 Sikh Gurus. Since childhood, he was attracted to spirituality, religion, purity, humanity, devotion and goodness. Guru Nanak Dev Ji decided to become an ascetic and was greatly influenced by Hindu and Muslim religions. He was the first one who started preaching to the masses that all of us are one, there is no Hindu or Muslim religion. It is a belief that while Guru Nanak was having a bath in the river Baain, he disappeared and reappeared after three days. It is a belief that during these three days, he was in direct communication with the Almighty.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji Motivational Quotes

Guru Nanak was an intellect and an inspiration to many. His thoughts on humanity, spirituality and religion have served as an example of the right path. Here are some of the inspiring Guru Nanak Ji quotes-

  1. “Truth is the highest virtue, but higher still is truthful living.”
  2. “Do not wish evil for others. Do not speak ill of others. Do not obstruct anyone’s activities.”
  3. “Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru, none can cross over to the other shore.”
  4. “False is the body, false are the clothes; false is beauty.”
  5. He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.”

Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti! May you always stay a truthful life of love, peace and faith!

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