Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister greeted the nation on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti on Friday.
Guru Nanak Jayanti, also called Gurpurab, will be celebrated on Saturday to mark the 548th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the faith. Thousands of Gurudwaras across India are prepared to welcome thousands of Sikh and Sindhi devotees who celebrate the festival.
গুরু নানক জয়ন্তী উপলক্ষে সকলকে জানাই আন্তরিক শুভেচ্ছা। ওনার জীবন আমাদের জন্য হয়ে উঠুক এক আদর্শ। সকলের জীবনে আসুক শান্তি। যো বোলে সো নিহাল – সৎ শ্রী অকাল।
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 23, 2018
The saint was born on April 15, 1469, by the Nanakshahi almanac, which corresponds with November by the lunar calendar.
The celebrations of the festival begin two days ago with Gurudwaras holding a forty-eight-hour long non-stop reading of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs, known as the Akhand Path.
The celebrations on Gurpurab commence early morning, the time known as Amrit Vela, with the singing of morning hymns. Hymns and scriptures in the praise of the saint are then chanted.