(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
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.