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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Prophet of the Punjab: Baba Guru Nanak Devji


Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji was born in 1469 in a village named Talwandi in the Sheikhupura district, 65 kms west of Lahore(now in Pakistan). He was an exponent of bringing monotheistic traditions to Hinduism, and removing the bane of the hindu caste system.
His father's name was Mehta Kalu and his mother's name was Tripta. His birth was blessed by a Muslim saint Baba Naulakh Hazari. His father Mehta Kalu who was a 'Patwari' (manager). He was married to Sulakhani and eventually had two sons Sri Chand and Lakshmi Chand.
At his birth, the mid-wife Daultan experienced an extraordinary happening. She felt that suddenly the room was filled with a bright light just before his birth. As a boy, Sri Guru Nanak learnt, besides the regional languages, Persian and Arabic.
By all accounts, 1496 was the year of his enlightenment when he started on his mission. Accompanied by Mardana, he began his missionary tours. Apart from conveying his message and rendering help to the weak, he preached to partaway against caste distinctions, idol worship and the pseudo-religious beliefs that had no spiritual content.

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