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Guru Nanak Dev Ji Story & Sikh Religion

 Sikh Religion Founder - Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Guru Nanak Dev Ji Birthday

Guru Nanak Dev- The founder of Sikhism and the first Guru of the Sikhs. His birth anniversary is celebrated as Prakash Parv or Guru Parv. Nanak Ji was born in a village called Talwandi situated on the banks of the Ravi river in Pakistan (Punjab). He was born in 1469 on the day of Kartik Purnima. This day is celebrated with great gaiety in Sikhism. He was born to father Kalyan or Mehta Kalu ji and mother Trupti Devi. Nanak Ji was born in a Hindu family.

Life of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Life of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

It is believed in Sikhism that since childhood, Nanak Dev Ji was rich in special powers. He got to learn a lot from his sister Nanaki. At the age of 16, he got married to Sulakhani. Sulakkhani was a resident of Lakhoki in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab (India). He had two sons Srichand and Lakhmi Chand.


Shortly after the birth of these two children, Nanak went on a pilgrimage. He made long journeys. Mardana, Lahna, Bala, and Ramdas also accompanied him on this journey. He traveled until 1521.


"Sadness" Journey

 During this journey, he used to preach to everyone and make them aware of social evils. He visited many places in India, Afghanistan, and Arabia. These journeys are called "Udasiyan" in Punjabi.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji & Kartapur

Guru Nanak Ji camped at many places during his travels. He opposed social evils. He considered idol worship to be meaningless and opposed orthodox thinking. He spent the last time of his life in Kartarpur, Pakistan. Kartapur is the holy religious place of the Sikhs.

Death

In the last days of his life, his fame increased a lot and his thoughts also changed. He himself started living with his family and started spending time in the service of humanity. He established a town named Kartarpur, which is now in Pakistan, and built a big Dharamsala in it. Guru Nanak died on September 22, 1539, but he left behind him the three basic principles of his life, namely Japo, Kirat Karo, and Wanda Chakho, to the followers of Sikhism. In Kartarpur, the divine light of Guru Nanak Dev Ji got absorbed in the holding. He succeeded his disciple Bhai Lahna before his death, who later came to be known as Guru Angad Dev. He is considered the second Ra Guru of the Sikhs.


List of 10 Sikh Gurus Names in Order

There have been 10 Gurus in the Sikh community. The first Guru name is Guru Nanak. The last Guru is Guru Gobind Singh. Here is the list of 10 Sikh Gurus Name in order-

  1. Guru Nanak Dev
  2. Guru Angad Dev
  3. Guru Amar Das
  4. Guru Ram Das
  5. Guru Arjun Dev
  6. Guru Hargobind
  7. Guru Har Rai
  8. Guru Har Kishan
  9. Guru Tegh Bahadur
  10. Guru Govind singh

Gurdwara Kandh Sahib-

Batala (Gurdaspur) Guru Nanak was married here at the age of 16 to Bibi Sulakshana on the 24th brother of Samvat in 1544. Every year a festival is organized here on the wedding anniversary of Guru Nanak.

 

Gurdwara Haat Sahib-

Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala) Guru Nanak through brother-in-law Jairam started the job of looking after the royal store at the Nawab of Sultanpur. He was made Modi here. The Nawab was greatly influenced by the young Nanak. It was from here that Nanak realized his destination through the word 'tera'.

 

Gurdwara Guru Ka Bagh-

Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala) This was the home of Guru Nanak Devji, where his two sons Baba Srichand and Baba Laxmidas were born.

 

Gurdwara Kothi Sahib-

Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala) Nawab Daulat Khan Lodhi sent Nanakdevji to jail for the fear of irregularities in the accounts. But when the Nawab came to know of his mistake, he not only apologized for leaving Nanak Devji, but also proposed to make him the Prime Minister, but Guru Nanak rejected this offer.

 

Gurdwara Ber Sahib –

Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala) Once when Guru Nanak was sitting on the bank of the Van river with his friend Mardana, suddenly he took a dip in the river and disappeared for three days, where he interviewed God. did. Everyone was thinking of him as drowned, but when he returned, he said – Ek Omkar Satnam. Guru Nanak sowed the seed of a berry there, which has become a very big tree today.

 

Gurdwara Achal Sahib-

Gurdaspur Nanak Dev stayed here during his visits and had religious debates with Yogi Bhangar Nath, the chief of Nathpanthi Yogis. The yogi started performing magically after being defeated in all respects. Nanakdevji told him that God can be reached only through love.

 

Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak- 

Gurdaspur After making many people a follower of Sikhism through lifelong religious tours, Nanakdevji made his camp on his farm situated on the banks of river Ravi and after 70 years of spiritual practice, in 1539 AD. Merged in the supreme light.

 

AD Samvat 2019 was the 550 Prakash Parv or year of the birth of Guru Nanak, the Adi Guru of the Sikhs. On November 9, 2019 (Saturday), the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the linking of Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib or Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, built at the burial site of Guru Nanak Ji in Narowal district of Punjab province of Pakistan with Dera Baba Nanak check-post in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. Flagged off the first batch of about 500 pilgrims through a 4.5 km long corridor.

Nahay-Khay : First Day of Chhath Puja

First Day of Chhath Puja (Nahay-Khay)

Chhath Puja is prominent among states like Bihar, Jharkhand, and eastern Uttar Pradesh. Recent trends have shown that Chhath Puja is now celebrated across all states.

Nahay-Khay First Day of Chhath Puja

Nahay-Khay | First Day of Chhath Puja

On the day of Chhath Puja, women offer Arghya by fasting and offerings to the Sun god in knee-deep water.


Chhath Puja is celebrated twice a year. The one in the month of Kartik (according to the Hindu calendar) consists of elaborate rituals.

Nahay – Khay Meaning

The word ‘Nahay Khay’ is originated from the Local language “Bhojpuri” of Bihar and Purvanchal religion in Uttar Pradesh. The Meaning of Nayah Khay means “Bath and Eat”.


Nahay Khay is the like guidelines to prepare our mind and body peaceful and purified before the actual puja. On the first day of the Chhath Puja, the devotees have to take bath in the holy river.


The person has to cook a proper meal for themselves on this day. “Kaddu-Bhaat” along with “Channa Daal” is a common preparation on this day.


There is also some restriction to cooking food by using mud or bronze utensils. You have to cook food on a mud stove by burning dry mango wood pieces.


The ladies observing the fast can allow themselves only one meal on this day.

Significance of Nahay-Khay

This is the first day of the Chhath Puja celebration. People, who keep vrat, wake up early in the morning and worship first Lord Surya and then eat food.


The first day of Chhath puja is known as Nahaye-Khaye. The word refers to a bath and khay refers to eating. It observes in Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi of Hindu month Kartik. After bathing in the morning the vrati women clean the grain for the puja material and dry it by covering it in the sun.


Cleanliness is taken care of during the washing and drying of grains. After this, the woman takes a bath once again. From this day, not only the vrati women but also their families start taking satvik food, Kaddu-Bhat (Pumpkin-Rice) along with Chana-Daal is common preparation on this day and it is cooked by using mud or bronze utensils and mango wood over a mud stove.


After worship, all these observations are eaten only once a day. After eating the food sometimes mid-noon, Vrati starts the waterless fast which is broken only the next day evening while observing 'Kharna' the second day of Chhath puja.

Activities Performed on the First Day of Chhath Puja

  • People first brush their teeth with mango twigs.
  • Then they go to a holy water body like the river Ganga and take a bath.
  • Some of the holy water is brought home.
  • With that water, Prasad for lord Surya is prepared.
  • During the entire day, people eat only before sunrise in the morning.
  • After having food water is consumed only once.
  • This fast is observed for 36 hours from then.
  • The fast does not even permit water hence is known as 'Nirjal'.

 

 

Interesting Facts about Dhanteras & Its Celebration

 Interesting Facts about Dhanteras

We will tell you some interesting and less-known facts about the festival.

Observed on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha, Dhanteras is one of the auspicious occasions in Indian culture. Also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanvantri Jayanti, Dhanteras brings wealth into everyone's life. According to Sanatan Dharm, the day holds significant importance. It marks the arrival of Diwali which is also called the festival of lights.

Dhanteras Celebration

Dhanteras Celebration

Story behind Dhanteras

Dhanteras is associated with huge wealth, prosperity, and human bonding. Here we unfold some of the facts linked to this prosperous festival.


According to the Vedic scriptures, during Samudramanthan, Shri Dhanvantari appeared with Amrita in one hand. Considering it an auspicious thing to happen, the day was named after him. He is also called an incarnation of Shri Vishnu. There is one more interesting story associated with Dhanteras.


It is a common belief that king Hima's 16-year-old son was predicted to die on the fourth day of this marriage due to a snake bite. Knowing this, his wife did not let him sleep for the entire day and night. Also, she kept all her belongings (gold jewelry) around her husband's bed, brightens the room with lights, and started singing.


As predicted, Yamraj arrived there like a serpent on the fourth night but left the prince unharmed. This is why it is considered that on Dhanteras, buying gold and lighting up the house can bring prosperity and no harm to you.


On the occasion of Dhanteras, buying gold is believed to bring Lord Kuber's blessings in the house. Also, according to popular belief the things you buy on this day become 13 times more due to the blessings of God of wealth. Also known as Yamadeepdaan, on Dhanteras a 'Deep Dan' is offered to Yamraj. This is done to prevent any unfortunate incident like the premature death of a family member.


Diya is lit at the house entrance facing south. Doing this can keep evil and death away. One of the famous folklore about Goddess Laxmi.


Why Lakshmi Puja on Dhanteras?

Do you know why we do Laxmi Puja every year on Dhanteras? There is an interesting story behind this as well.


Once upon a time, Goddess Laxmi and Visnu visited earth. She was asked by him not to get attracted by earthly temptations. However, Goddess Laxmi couldn't resist herself and landed on a farmer's sugarcane field. There, she relished impeccable sugarcane juice. Seeing this, Shri Visnu declared that Goddess Laxmi has to serve the farmer as a helper for 12 years. Post this, the farmer started to prosper with the arrival of Goddess Laxmi. Later, when the farmer and his family visited the river Ganga, she revealed Goddess Laxmi's true identity. Knowing this, the farmer refused to let her go away after the time of her stay was completed.

Overwhelmed by the farmer's love and affection, goddess Laxmi promised him to visit every year on Dhanteras.

The goddess also asked him to keep his house clean on the day and to light a lamp for her. This is the reason; we do Laxmi Puja after sunset.

5th Time Deepotsav World Record in Ayodhya

5th Time Deepotsav Guinness World Record in Ayodhya

Guinness World Record is be made in Ayodhya for the 5th time: 9.51 lakh lamps were decorated on 32 ghats.

Deepotsav Ayodhya 2021

Deepotsav Ayodhya 2021

Ayodhya is Rammay. The government broke its old record on the 5th Deepotsav. About 9.51 lakh lamps were lit at 32 Ghats connected to Ram ki Paidi on the banks of Saryu and the Guinness Book record was created. At the same time, a world record was made for lighting 12 lakh diyas in the entire city of Ayodhya. Maharishi Valmiki's story of Rama was narrated through holographic light.

 

Earlier in the morning, a grand procession was taken out depicting the arrival of Shri Ram in Ayodhya in a symbolic form. In the afternoon Lord Rama, Mata Sita, and Lakshmana reached Ayodhya by Pushpak Vimana (helicopter). CM Yogi Adityanath welcomed everyone from the helipad. After this Lord Ram was brought by chariot to Ramkatha Park. The coronation of Lord Rama took place here. CM Yogi crowned Ram.


Preparations to re-enter Guinness World Records

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University Administration has finalized the work of laying a lamp on Ram ki Paidi. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Under the guidance of Ravi Shankar Singh, the university administration has appointed about 200 coordinators, 32 supervisors, and 32 in-charges at 32 ghats. Many departments, colleges, voluntary organizations, and inter-college teachers and students of the university campus have been involved as volunteers.

 

Amrit Festival of Independence, Pattern of Kevat Context

More than 9 lakh lamps have been decorated for the Ramayana period at the 32 ghats of Ram ki Paidi. On November 3, the target is to light 9 lakh 51 thousand lamps along with pour oil in them. Each volunteer has to light 75 lamps. The pattern of the nectar festival of freedom has been given at Ghat number 2 of Ram ki Paidi. Diyas are decorated on Ghat number 3 and 4 on the pattern of the Kewat context and Ram-Ravana war. Ram Bhakt Hanuman at ghat number 5 and 6, while on one the logo of Bharat Shreshtha Bharat is being made.

 

Arrangement of buses to ensure that the volunteers are not inconvenienced

Dr. Shailendra Verma, the nodal officer of the university said that buses have been arranged for the volunteers. They have been asked to light the lamp following the protocol of Kovid-19. No one will be allowed to enter the ghat without an ID card.

 

This is how lamps are counted?

Time consultant of Guinness World Records Nischal Bhanot said that each lamp has to be lit evenly for at least 5 minutes for the record. Through one drone, we count the lamps and the other drone gives us visual information about whether the lamp is burning or not.


The main event of the 5-day Deepotsav 2021 was again made in the Deepotsav. CM Yogi Adityanath organized Deepotsav for the first time in the year 2017. The Deepotsav started with 51 thousand diyas. The record was broken on the banks of Saryu with 4,04,226 earthen lamps in the year 2019, 6,06,569 earthen lamps in the year 2020. This time CM Yogi Adityanath had already announced that 12 lakh earthen lamps will be lit in Ayodhya this time on Deepotsav.

Interesting Facts: Rajasthani Culture & Tradition

  

Rajasthan Festival, Culture & Tradition

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Interesting Facts: Jammu-Kashmir Culture & Tradition

 The Overview Of Jammu Kashmir

Be it literature, lifestyle, language, religion, arts, crafts, and dance, Jammu and Kashmir are first-rate travelers. Enjoy and enjoy the wealthy cultural background of the 'Paradise on earth' through making plans for an excursion to Jammu and Kashmir.

Interesting Facts about Bengali Culture & Tradition

 Bengali Culture & Tradition

West Bengal is one of India's most culturally diverse states, and it's full of delights. No matter how you look at it, the magnificent state that exists seems to result from various religions integrating into a single one. Apart from the traditional red bindis and kurta-dhotis, West Bengal has a lot to offer. There are numerous facets to West Bengali culture, and we'll examine a few of the most intriguing currently.