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Guru Nanak's Birthday Celebrations in Modern Nankana Illustrated

Modern Nankana and Guru Nanak’s Gurpurab Celebrations Illustrated

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Nankana, the birthplace and namesake of Guru Nanak, is located in a part of Pakistan which formerly belonged to Panjab, the homeland of the Sikhs. The Panjab was split in two after India’s independence from Britain resulted in the partition of 1948. Northern Panjab was made a part of Pakistan. Sikhs were forced to relocate to India. Pakistan remained closed to Sikhs thereafter.

Nankana is home to a number of ancient gurdwaras built to commemorate events which occurred during Guru Nanak’s life. In 1999, the Pakistani government organized restorative to be work done on many gurdwaras of historical importance throughout Pakistan which had suffered neglect during the Sikhs 50 years absence. For several weeks in November of 1999, the borders opened to welcome Sikhs. Bus tours took Sikhs around the country side to visit the newly restored gurdwaras. At the end of the month, Nankana hosted week long gurpurab festivities celebrating the 530th year anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth.

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Gurudwara Nankana Sahib (Janam Asthan)Gurdwara Nankana Sahib (Janam Asthan)Gurdwara Nanakana (Janam Asthan) GroundsGurdwara Nanakana (Janam Asthan) Complex and GroundsGurdwara Nankana Sahib AccomodationsNankana Gurdwara AccomodationsOut Door Pavilion at the Nankana GurdwaraGurdwara Nankana Open Air Pavilion
Gurdwara Nankana Out Door Pavilion and CanopyOutdoor Canopy at Nankana GurdwaraSikh women carry a banner at the head of a parade honoring Guru Nanak's 500th birthdayParade Banner in NankanaA Crowd Gathers at the Nankana Gurdwara Grounds to Watch the ParadeThe Parade Gets Under Way at Gurdwara Janam Asthan in NankanaArched Gateway of Nankana GurdwaraArched Entrance of Nankana Gurdwara
Guru Granth Sahib Nanakana Nagar Kirtan Procession Guru Granth in Nankana Gurpurab ParadePanj Pyara walk at the head of the parade in Nankana. Panj Pyara in Historic Nankana ParadePanj Pyara in Nankana Nagar Kirtan Panj Pyara Lead Parade in NankanaSufi Dervish Dancing in the Nankana Nagar KirtanA Sufi Dervish Joins the Nankana Parade
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