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Guru Nanak

Guru Nanak Dev



Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, was born on April 15, 1469 in the village of Talwandi in Punjab. From his childhood onwards, Guruji was very curious in finding the meaning of life. He made friendship with both Hindus and Muslims and studied Muslim literature, Hindi, Mathematics, Persian and Arabic.

He spend much of his time in mediation and religious discussions with Hindus and Muslims. He used to sing hymns with Mardana on the rabab, which attracted the attention of the people.

Legend has it that Guruji had once drowned while he was taking bath in the river Bain and reappeared at the same spot, on the third day. It is said that Guruji was enlightened by the holy association with God. After the re-appearance Gurujiís face was gloriously bright and there was divine light in his eyes.

Guru Nanak undertook long journeys to spread the message of God, in the form of musical hymns. He believed in a casteless society where there is no difference based on birthright, religion or sex.

On September 22, 1539, Guruji merged with the creator. But his followers could not see his body instead there was a bunch of flowers. The Hindus took one half of the flowers and cremated, and the Muslims took the rest and buried.



Updated on 7th June, 2005

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