GURPURAB

Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurab (Punjabi: ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ ਗੁਰਪੁਰਬ (Gurmukhi)), also known as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak. One of the most celebrated Sikh gurus and the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev is highly revered by the Sikh community. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism.

The festivities in the Sikh religion revolve around the anniversaries of the 10 Sikh Gurus. These Gurus were responsible for shaping the beliefs of the Sikhs . Their birthdays, known as Gurpurab, are occasions for celebration and prayer among the Sikhs.


Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, was born on Puranmashi of Kattak in 1469, according to the Vikram Samvat calendar in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present Shekhupura District of Pakistan, now Nankana Sahib. It is a Gazetted holiday in India.

According to the controversial Bhai Bala Janamsakhi, it claims Guru Nanak was born on the Full Moon (Pooranmashi) of the Indian Lunar Month Kartik. The Sikhs have been celebrating Guru Nanak’s Gurpurab around November for this reason and has it been ingrained in Sikh Traditions.

However, some scholars and organizations believe the Birthday should be celebrated on Vaisakhi, which falls on 14 April according to the original Nanakshahi Calendar passed by Sri Akal Takht in 2003. However, many people and organizations would like to keep the traditional date by celebrating on the Full Moon Day (Pooranmashi or Purnima) of the Lunar Month Kartik. The original Nanakshahi Calendar follows the tradition and celebrates it on Kartik Purnima due to demands by various Sikh Saints.

The celebration is generally similar for all Sikhs; only the hymns are different. The celebrations usually commence with Prabhat Pheris. Prabhat Pheris are early morning processions that begin at the Gurudwaras and proceed around the localities singing hymns. Generally, two days before the birthday, Akhand Path (a forty-eight-hour non-stop reading of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs) is held in the Gurdwaras.

The day prior to the birthday, a procession, referred to as Nagarkirtan is organised. This procession is led by the Panj Pyaras (Five Beloved Ones). They head the procession carrying the Sikh flag, known as the Nishan Sahib and the Palki (Palanquin) of Guru Granth Sahib. They are followed by teams of singers singing hymns and devotees sing the chorus. There are brass bands playing different tunes and ‘Gatka’ teams display their swordsmanship through various martial arts and as mock battles using traditional weapons. The procession pours into the streets of the town. The passage is covered with banners and gates are decorated flags and flowers, for this special occasion. The leaders spread the message of Guru Nanak.

On the day of the Gurpurab, the celebrations commence/begin early in the morning at about 4 to 5 a.m. This time of the day is referred to as Amrit Vela. The day begins with the singing of Asaa-Ki-Vaar (morning hymns). This is followed by any combination of Katha (exposition of the scripture) and Kirtan (hymns from the Sikh scriptures), in the praise of the Guru. Following that is the Langar, a special community lunch, which is arranged at the Gurudwaras by volunteers. The idea behind the free communal lunch is that everyone, irrespective of gender, caste, class or creed, should be offered food in the spirit of seva (service) and bhakti (devotion).

Night prayer sessions are also held in some Gurudwaras, which begin around sunset when Rehras (evening prayer) is recited, followed by Kirtan till late at night. The congregation starts singing Gurbani at about 1:20 a.m., which is the actual time of birth of Guru Nanak. The celebrations culminate at around 2 a.m.

Guru Nanak Gurpurab is celebrated by the Sikh community all over the world and is one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar. The celebrations are especially colorful in Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh and many more locations like in parts of Pakistan and England. Even some Sindhis celebrate this festival. Celebrating the auspicious day, the Punjab government has announced that it will install chairs dedicated to the great saint in 11 universities. The announcement was made on 11 November 2019.

Guru Nanak Dev preached that any person could connect to God by worshipping with clear conscience. His teachings are included in Guru Granth Sahib.

Continue reading “GURPURAB”

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF RADIOLOGY

B +Ve!!

The International Day of Radiology (IDoR) is an annual event promoting the role of medical imaging in modern healthcare. It is celebrated on November 8 each year and coincides with the anniversary of the discovery of x-rays.

It was first introduced in 2012, as a joint initiative of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), and the American College of Radiology (ACR). The International Day of Radiology is acknowledged and celebrated by nearly 200 national, sub-speciality, and related societies around the world.

https://internationaldayofradiology.com/

World Radiography Day marks the anniversary of the discovery of X-rays in 1895. The purpose of this day is to raise public awareness of radiographic imaging and therapy, which play a crucial role in the diagnosis and the treatment of patients and, most importantly, ensuring radiation is kept to the minimum required, hence improving the quality of patient care.

The day…

View original post 43 more words

SIR CHANDRASEKHARA VENKATA RAMAN

EUPHORIC

Swallow scoops of gold sunlight,
feel them twinkle in my eyes.
Swim within the vast blue sky,
floating soul reaches new heights.

Whimsical vibrating sounds,
sparkle bright hues through the clouds.
Joyful gifts fly all around,
swaying chimes whisper so loud.

A gentle breeze strums my swing,
celestial touch cuts all strings.
hear angelic voices sing,
unfurling feathery wings.

Grazes my head with insight,
gratitude carries delight,
absorbed love shines ever bright,
knowing all will be alright.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

[…]

Euphoric

BIPIN CHANDRA PAL

B +Ve!!

Bipin Chandra Pal was a Freedom fighter, Journalist, Politician, Writer, Indian independence movement activist, Orator and Social reformer.

Bipin Chandra Pal

Emergence: 7 November 1858

Demise: 20 May 1932

Bipin Chandra Pal, known as ‘Father of Revolutionary Thoughts’ was born on November 7, 1858, at Sylhet district in British ruled India presently in Bangladesh. He was among the triumvirate of Lal, Bal, Pal which consisted of Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and Bipin Chandra Pal.

Bipin Chandra Pal was one of the chief exponents of a new political approach for Indian freedom. His aim was to get freedom for his country through the ideas of Purna Swaraj, Videshi Boycott and National Education.

Along with Lajpat Rai and Tilak, he preached an extremist form of nationalism which espoused revolutionary methods like boycotting British goods and shops, burning western clothes and advocating strikes and lockouts of British factories. This trio was…

View original post 5 more words

NATIONAL CANCER AWARENESS DAY 🇮🇳

National Cancer Awareness Day is observed on 7th November for the last 8 years coinciding with the birth anniversary of the Nobel-prize-winning scientist Madame Curie. This day aims to focus on cancer prevention and early detection.

National Cancer Awareness Day is observed on 7th November to coincide with the birth anniversary of the Novel-prize winning scientist Madame Curie. Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1867, Marie Curie is remembered for her discovery of radium and polonium, and her huge contribution to the fight against cancer. Her work led to the development of nuclear energy and radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer.

Continue reading “NATIONAL CANCER AWARENESS DAY 🇮🇳”

POSITIVE VIVES # 42

Have a great Sunday!

Continue reading “POSITIVE VIVES # 42”

WORLD TSUNAMI AWARENESS DAY

B +Ve!!

In December 2015, the UN General Assembly designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day.

Tsunamis are rare. But they can be extremely deadly. In the past 100 years, more than 260,000 people have perished in 58 separate tsunamis. At an average of 4,600 deaths per disaster, the toll has surpassed any other natural hazard. Tsunamis know no borders, making international cooperation key for deeper political and public understanding of risk reduction measures. As a result, the UN General Assembly has designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day and called on the world to mark it.

World Tsunami Awareness Day was the brainchild of Japan, which due to its repeated, bitter experience has over the years built up major expertise in areas such as tsunami early warning, public action and building back better after a disaster to reduce future impacts. The date of 5 November was chosen in honour…

View original post 156 more words

NOBLE THOUGHTS # 67

Have a nice day!

Continue reading “NOBLE THOUGHTS # 67”

🙏🌼 REMEMBRANCE 🌼🙏

B +Ve!!

A tribute to the iron man and iron lady of India.

Vallabhbhai Patel – The iron man of India

Emergence: 31 October 1875

Demise: 15 December 1950

Indira Gandhi – The iron lady of India

Emergence: 19November 1917

Demise: 31October 1984

View original post

NATIONAL DAY OF UNITY 🇮🇳

National Unity Day (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas) is celebrated in India on 31 October. It was introduced by the Government of India in 2014. The day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who had a major role in the political integration of India.

Continue reading “NATIONAL DAY OF UNITY 🇮🇳”

TRUST ~ A THOUGHT

Have a nice weekend!

Continue reading “TRUST ~ A THOUGHT”

BHAI DOOJ

B +Ve!!

Bhai Dooj, Bhaubeej, Bhai Tika, Bhai Phonta is a festival celebrated by Hindus on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar or of Shalivahan Shaka calendar month of Kartika. It is celebrated during the Diwali or Tihar festival and Holi festival. The celebrations of this day are similar to the festival of Raksha Bandhan. On this day, elder brothers give gifts to their younger sisters. In the southern part of the country, the day is celebrated as Yama Dwitiya.

On the day of the festival, sisters invite their brothers for a sumptuous meal often including their favourite dishes/sweets. The procedure may be different in Bihar and central India. The whole ceremony signifies the duty of a brother to protect his sister, as well as a sister’s blessings for her brother.

Carrying forward the ceremony in traditional style, sisters perform arti for their…

View original post 152 more words

THOUGHT FOR TODAY ~ 33

Have a powerful day!

Continue reading “THOUGHT FOR TODAY ~ 33”

GOVARDHAN PUJA

B +Ve!!

Govardhan Puja as it is also known, as a Nature worship Hindu festival in which devotees Workship Mountains like Govardhan parvat and prepare and offer a large variety of vegetarian food to Bhagwan (God) Shri Krishna as a mark of gratitude. For Vaishnavas, this day commemorates the incident in the Bhagavata Puran when Bhagwan Shri Krishna lifted the Govardhan Hill to provide the villagers of Vrindavan shelter from torrential rains. The incident is seen to represent how God will protect all devotees who take singular refuge in him. Devotees offer a mountain of food, metaphorically representing the Govardhan Hill, to God as a ritual remembrance and to renew their faith in taking refuge in God. The festival is observed by most of Hindu denominations all over India and abroad. For Vaishnavas this is one of the important festivals. For the Vallabh Sampradaya (Pushtimarg), the Gaudiya Sampradaya of Chaitanya, and the…

View original post 585 more words

%d bloggers like this: