Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrated with much zeal across Punjab
The occasion of Guru Nanak's Birthday thousands of devouts visited 'Harmandar Sahib', popularly known as Golden Temple, in Amritsar and other gurdwaras to mark the occasion. Golden Temple which had refrained from Diwali or 'Bandi Chorr Diwas' festivities was illuminated to celebrate Gurupurab. This is the 546th Guru Nanak Jayanti. Over 2,000 devotees also visited Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, which is Nanak's birthplace.
25 November is being celebrated as Karthigai Deepam which is an auspicious festival of lights celebrated in TN. Karthigai is essentially the name of one of the Nakshatram or Nakshatras (constellation). It is also called Vishnu Deepam. The festivities are like those of Diwali– houses and temples are illuminated with oil lamps – which are deemed to be a symbol of harmony and abundance.
Southern Railway is expected to run an increased number of trains to "Tiruvannamalai from Villupuram and Katpadi" on November 25 to clear the additional rush of travelers to Tiruvannamalai for the festival of Karthigai Deepam. The trains will comprise of two second-class cum luggage coaches and seven general second class coaches. However, the incessant rainfall may reduce the usual number of commuters to Tiruvannamalai.
Guru Nanak's Gurupurab or Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav celebrates the birth of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru. This is one of the most sacred festivals of Sikhs and is also celebrated by some Hindus and Sindhis. Usually, the occasion is marked by Nagar Kirtans or the ceremonial processions, prayers (Akhand Paath) and langar (meals prepared in the community kitchen of the Gurudwara).
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) announced its plans to observe Guru Nanak's birth anniversary on 25 November. The RSS sources in the Sangh said that such festivities are to be a part of the Brihat Hindu Samaj's doctrine to incorporate a "larger Hindu society". Senior RSS leaders said that such celebrations were always a part of the Sangh and were making a comeback now.
To mark the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti top stock exchanges BSE and NSE, as well as forex, money, bullion and oilseeds markets are to remain closed and the trading will resume on 26 November.
Narendra Modi wished the nation on the occasion of Gurupurab saying, "On Guru Nanak Jayanti, my greetings to everyone. Guru Nanak Dev's message of service, compassion and harmony inspire eternally".