NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday greeted the nation on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti.
"On the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, greetings to all fellow citizens, especially to our Sikh brothers and sisters in India and abroad", President tweeted.
“The life of Guru Nanak Dev Ji inspires us to build a society based on his teachings of equality, compassion and social amity”, he added
Vice President Naidu also wished people through micro-blogging site.
"I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. #550YearsOfGuruNanakDevJi."
Calling Guru Nanak Devi ji a shining apostle of the sublime spiritual ethos of India, the Vice President was of the view that Nanak truly democratized religion by making spiritual truths easily understandable for the common man.
"Guru Nanak Dev Ji taught ethical and compassionate ways to lead a life of satisfaction and fulfillment. He was an icon of truth, compassion, and righteousness. On this joyous occasion, I pray that the light of wisdom and humanity lit by Guru Nanak Dev Ji will guide us to build a more harmonious, peaceful and compassionate world," Naidu said in another tweet.
Hundreds of devotees flocked to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib here on the occasion of Guru Purab to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
The day is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kartik month as per the Hindu calendar. Hence, it is also known as Kartik Poornima.
Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanak Gurpurab and Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak and is considered one of the most sacred festivals among Sikhs.
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.
With input from Agency