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ISEE joins worldwide celebration for 550th birthday of founder of Sikhism
The 550th Anniversary of Guru Nanak

Riverside, California, Nov 21, 2019 A.Gary Singh

Inland Sikh Education Empire (ISEE) joined worldwide celebrations to mark the 550th birthday of the found of Sikhism and the first guru - Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Thousands turned out in  Riverside  to join the procession  surrounding the building.


VIDEO-1 .........LANGAR

VIDEO-2 .........Jaswnt Singh Shabad



PHOTOS of Langar and Nagar Kirtan Sewadars

Guru Nanak, who live from 1469-1539, would have been 550 years old according to the lunar Nanakshahi Calendar. He founded the Sikh religion, which grew to be the fifth largest religion in the world.
The celebration has three parts which are based on the three fundamental principles of life:

  • Kirat Karo (work hard), Naam Japo (meditate on the Lord) and Vand Chhako (share before you consume).
  • The Vand Chhako was celebrated by the Sikh Society of Harrisburg inviting the public to an open house at their gurdwara or temple.
  • The Kirat Karo, had a service element known as 'seva', which the local Sikh community participated in by having a blood donation drive outside the gurdwara.

Nagar Kirtan is a Sikh custom involving the processional singing of holy hymns throughout a community.
The Nagar Kirtan is led by 5 Sikhs called the Panj Pyare or beloved ones, dressed in traditional attire with others playing drums to announce the procession as it moves through the streets.

Colour floats feature in the procession, led by a float carrying the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Sikh’s holy scriptures, which for Sikhs is the embodiment of the living Guru (“teacher”) and deeply respected.

These processions are led by the Panj Pyaras, the Five Beloved Ones carrying the Sikh flag, Nishan Sahib. The original Panj Pyaras played a major role in defining the history of Sikhism as they were the first ones to get baptised in the Sikh initiation ceremony of Amrit Sanchar.


The organizers, Jhawar Brothers and local NRI Sikh Community want to continue to build bridges with their interfaith neighbors and introduce the community to the Sikh faith.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji:

Guru Nanak Dave ji was born into a Kshatriya (warrior) family on 14th April 1469 A.D in the village Talwandi in Lahore, Pakistan, Guru Nanak was the son of Mehta Kalu Chand and Mata Tripti Devi.

  • Guru Nanak was married to Bibi Sulakhani and was blessed with two sons, Srichand and Lakshmichand. Since an early age, he was religious and spent time reciting God’s name. He had a Noor, radiant glow on his face which made him stand out in the crowd. He never threw any tantrums and was a very balanced and poised child.
  • His devotion led him to leave his family to go in the woods and meditate. He became an advocate of God’s teachings, impressing upon the fact that  we all are the children of God and should recite his name during duress or eustress.
  • Nanak's hymns were recorded in Japji Sahib, a holy scripture in Sikhism, which is a part of Guru Granth Sahib as well. It is a description of the stages of a man’s life before he departs this life.
  • His first devotee was Mardana, and as Baba Nanak travelled across the land to preach to the public, his devotees kept increasing, regardless of any religious affiliation. There are many saakhis, or short stories, which serve as important moral lessons as part of Guru Nanak’s journey that are still famous today.
  • They throw light on his divine journey and his profound understanding of things. During the last years of his life, he went back to his home to live with his family. Mardana, who was his faithful devotee, also followed him and lived with him. Guru Nanak took his last breath at the age of 69 in 1538 A.D.


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