550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Current Affairs - 2020

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2019

The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji, the founder of Sikhism and the first Guru of Sikhs, is celebrated every year on Kartik Purnima as Guru Nanak Jayanti or Guru Parva or Prakashotsav or Prakash Parv. It is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism and is celebrated all over the world. This year Prakash Parv will take place on 12 November and will mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji.

As part of celebrations of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, India and Pakistan inaugurated Kartarpur Corridor for Shri Darbar Sahib on 9 November 2019. Thereby Indian Sikh devotees will for the first time pay obeisance at the feet of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Kartarpur Sahib, Pakistan through the corridor.

Kartarpur Corridor Significance

Guru Nanak Dev had a special attachment with Kartarpur. Thus the gurudwara built here is known as Shri Darbar Sahib Kartarpur or Kartarpur Sahib has a great importance in Sikhism. . Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is built at the place where he died.

Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara: It falls in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. Guru Nanak Dev lived in Kartarpur for last 18 years of his life and finally died here. He built Kartarpur on the banks of river Ravi. It is the second holiest site in Sikhism after the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev in Talwandi in Pakistan, now known as Nankana Sahib, which is the first sacred site for Sikhs.

Books on teachings of Guru Nanak Dev launched

Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched the three books on teachings of Guru Nanak Dev at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College in New Delhi. The books published in Punjabi were launched to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

The book launch comes ahead of inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor which will be held on 9 November 2019.  The corridor will connect the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan.

About The Books

The three Punjabi titles are- ‘Guru Nanak Bani’, ‘Nanak Bani’, and ‘Sakhian Guru Nanak Dev’. They have been published by National Book Trust (NBT) to spread the message of Guru Nanak Dev’s writings among readers of Indian sub-continent.

Guru Nanak Bani: The book contains various verses from original Bani of Guru Nanak Dev which have been collated theme-wise. It is compiled by Bhai Jodh Singh. The ‘Guru Nanak Bani’ has already published by NBT in five Indian languages (Urdu, Odia, Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati) and will soon be translated in 15 Indian languages so that the teachings of Guru Nanak Devji reach millions of Indians across the nation.

Nanak Bani: The book is a collection of five prominent writings (paanch bania) of Guru Nanak Dev. It is compiled by Manjit Singh.

Sakhian Guru Nanak: The book is based on these life stories of Guru Nanak Dev and contains ‘Janamsakhis’ (literally meaning birth stories) are writings which profess to be biographies of Guru Nanak. This is an illustrated book especially meant for children. It is compiled by Jagtarjit Singh