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GURUPURB – A HOLY DAY TO REMEMBER

05 Nov

GURUPURB – A HOLY DAY TO REMEMBER

(MY HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS ON PRAKASH UTSAV ON 6TH NOV 2014)

 

Guru Nanak Gurpurab, also called Guru Nanak Prakash Utsav or Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm. Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism. He was born on 15th April 1469 at Rai Bhoi-di Talwandi of Shekhopura of Pakistan. This is the holiest day in the history of Sikhism. It is celebrated not only by Sikhs but also by all those who believe in His beliefs. Akhand Path, non-stop recitation from Guru Granth Sahib, before the birthday is also observed in the Gurdwaras. Devout pay respectful  tributes to Sri Guru Nanak Devji and remember His contributions for  the spiritual upliftment of the common masses and rid them from unnecessary rituals that prevailed.

On this day Prabhat Pheris are taken from the Gurdwaras in the early morning itself. People sing hymns in His glory.

With this intention in mind, I have penned down a poem giving the complete description:-

GURUPURB – A HOLY DAY TO REMEMBER

 

Guru changes our lives to perfection

And Purb / Parva – a Sanskrit word meaning celebration

Life is a festival (Purb) of highest order

It may be on the eve of some festivals

Or on the anniversary of supreme sacrifices

To uphold commoners’ causes

Or Prakash Divas

A Day of Enlightenment held high in esteem by us.

 

On the most auspicious full moon day – Pooranmashi

At a village named Rai-Bhoi-Di-Talwandi

Now known as Nanakana Sahib

In the month of Kartik

15th day of April in the year 1469

When our most revered Nanak was born

To father Baba Kalu & Mother Tripta

No one but our beloved

Akalpurakh (Lord) knew with sureness

His observable agenda for this Special Messenger

To spread ‘IK NAAM’S’  Message

And that such a person will make huge difference

For causes most dear to society in general

Indeed a Shining Star on the horizon!

 

Observance and celebration of anniversaries

Linkage of which is an important feature

Of the Sikhs & the ones who believe in (Khalas) purity

Way of living now or in future with certainty 

Gurupurb lasts for three days

A pious Akhand Path in Gurudwaras

With organization of Nagarkirtans

Procession (Kirtni Jatha) is led by Pious Fives (Panj Piyaras)

With Holiest Shri Guru Granth Sahib on the Palanquin

Hymns from It purifies the environ

Spreading Its  Message – the most fragrant

Far and wide making the gentry mesmerized

Gatka Parties displaying their artistry

With their traditional weapons. 

On the Gurupurb Day Diwan

Starts early in the morn

With Asa-di-var

And hymns from Guru Granth Sahib are sung

Followed by discourses and Ardas

And finally Prashadha in Pangat (line)

Called langar served to all alike

People share it with great reverence

And make this day; a day to reminisce.

 

O! our Babaji – the most benevolent of all

Our earnest prayer to Thee my Lord

Let the spirit of this day

Remain etched in our memory

Spreading Thy Universal Message

Of Uniting the Humans without bias

And ridding them of the unnecessary rituals.

For wellbeing of all.

 

HARBANS KHAJURIA

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3 Comments

Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Inner Thoughts

 

3 responses to “GURUPURB – A HOLY DAY TO REMEMBER

  1. Harbans

    November 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Heartiest felicitations on GURUPURB. May this day brings happiness and prosperity to all.

     
  2. orples

    November 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    The best part of blogging is in the sharing of thoughts. With that thought in mind, thank you for sharing yours. It is amazing what we can learn from each other as we travel the World through cyberspace together, living the human experience.

     
    • Harbans

      November 8, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Kindly accept my sincere thanks for your most inspiring comments. Facts stands out, we learn much from each others’ experiences and especially so when when something unique has been penned down. Indeed, we are being enlightened through blogs of our fellow writers.

      I shall again visit your blogs.

      Regards

       
 
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