India has a great religious background. One of the religions of India is Sikhism, which is the fifth largest religion in the world.
Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrates the significance of the birth of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru. This Jayanti is also regarded as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav and Guru Nanak Gurpurab. This day holds a great significance for Sikh people. Although many people know about Guru Nanak DevJi, But today, we have listed out rare and heart touching facts about Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Who was Guru Nanak?
Guru Nanak Dev was born to Mehta Kaloo Ji and mother Mata Tripta Ji in 1469 A.D. He was born in Talwandi, Nankana Sahib which is now in Pakistan. Some believe that he was neither Hindu nor Muslim. But Guru Nanak said, ‘God is neither Hindu nor Muslim and the path which I follow is God’s.
Guru Nanak Dev was the founder of Sikhism and he is the first among the 10 gurus of Sikhs.
Rare facts about Guru Nanak Dev ji
1. When he was a child he did not wear sacred thread called Janeu. He gave a reason that he would rather wear the true name of God in his heart for his protection. He believed that the thread could be broken or lost but god will remain forever.
2. Guru Nanak married Mata Sulakkhani on September 24, 1487 at age of 18. He had two sons named Sri Chand and Lakshmi Chand.
3. He had an elder sister who was 5 years older than Guru Nanak. This sister later married Jai Ram and went to Sultanpur.
4. He did not believe in the concept of caste system and always spread the message of equality.
5. Throughout his life he motivated his followers to become a better person in themselves.
6. His birth anniversary is known as Guru Nanak Guruparab/ Jayanti or Prakash Utsav.
7. He completed most of his journey on foot. He travelled to far off places with aim of spreading the message of ‘one God. He travelled to Mecca, Tibet, Kashmir, Bengal, Manipur, Rome etc. on foot only.
8. He did not believe in miracles. He once said in the scripture that except the true Name, I have no miracle.
Guru Nanak was a great Indian saint and founder of Sikhism. People from every quarter have faith in him and his teachings.