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Guru Purab

Guru Purab

The most auspicious days of the Sikhs as are the part and parcel of Sikhism. The days mark the celebrations of the birth and death anniversaries of the Sikh Gurus. The days are commemorated with lot of grandeur and extravaganza.

Gurpurabs are very auspicious and important celebrations for Sikhs, which marks the birth or death anniversaries of the Sikh Gurus. The Sikhs on this day assemble at Gurdwaras to pay homage to their gurus and recall the long gone times and the events and activities of the era with their contribution and efforts.

The Sikhs celebrate it with great enthusiasm, fervor, humbleness and respect. The Martydom Day of the Sikh Gurus gives opportunity to recall and remember the sacrifices of the Sikh Gurus. The name of the festival has been derived from the split words ‘Guru’ and the word Purab has been taken from the Sanskrit word parva, which literally defines festival or celebration.

History states that at the time of the birthday of Guru Arjan Dev Ji, it was mentioned in the writings of Bhai Gurdas that the days to be celebrated as Gurpurab. The celebrations of this occasion re held for three days which is carried along with Akhand Path, which is performed by reading the holy scripture of Sikhs, “Guru Granth Sahib”, which is read at stretch for the 48 long hours.

On the second day, parades, commonly known as Nagarkirtan is conducted in which the Sikhs chant the holy hymns. On the third day, there is Gurdwara kirtan along with some special assemblies are conducted to give an insight of the lives and teachings of the gurus, which is further followed by Guru Ka Langar for all.

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