Amritsar: Sikh devotees on Wednesday congregated at the Golden Temple here to observe the 544th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.
The Golden Temple, also known as Harminder Sahib, the most important Sikh shrine in the world was illuminated with colourful lights for few days on this occasion.
Sikhism was founded in the 15th century in the Punjab, an area straddling the border between Pakistan and India, by Guru Nanak Dev and has had ten successive gurus. Punjab is the only area in the world with a majority Sikh population.
A devotee, Kuldeep Singh, offered prayers and prayed for the peace and prosperity of entire country.
"Gurpurab, the birthday of Guru Nanak's birth anniversary is being celebrated with religious fervour. We have come early in the morning and we are very happy. We pray and hope that Sikh Guru bestow his blessings on my family and on the people of Punjab," said Singh.
Guru Nanak was born in Nankana Saheb on this day in 1469.
Scores of devotees also visited the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, which is considered to be most well known Sikh Gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in New Delhi.
Devotees lit candles at the Gurudwara and offered prayers before the holy book.
Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh guru and the founder of the Sikh religion, was born on the full moon day in the month of Kartik as per the Hindu calendar. Hence, his birthday is celebrated as Guru Nanak Jayanti.