Amritsar/New Delhi, Nov.10 (ANI): Sikh devotees took a holy dip in the sacred pond at the Golden Temple here on the 543rd birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, on Thursday.
"The festival is always celebrated with great zeal in Amritsar. Devotees come and take a holy dip on the occasion. Their wishes are fulfilled on doing so. Guru Ramdas blesses and fulfils everyone's wishes, as it is the birthday of the first Sikh guru Guru Nanak Dev ji," said Manjeet Kaur, a devotee.
Devotees also flocked to Sikh gurdwaras in New Delhi, especially at the Gurdwara Banglasahib.
"Today is the anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji. It is important day not only for us for but for everybody as he gave the message of spreading love and peace," said Pradeep Singh, a devotee.
Guru Nanak was born in 1469 at Nankan Sahib village, now in Pakistan. Troubled by frequent conflicts between the Hindu and Muslim communities, he tried to work out a synthesis of the two religions.
His beliefs gained popularity among the masses and eventually evolved into the Sikh religion. After his death in 1539, his disciples succeeded him.
A majority of India's Sikh population resides in northern India, particularly in the state of Punjab and in the national capital New Delhi. (ANI)