The birth anniversary (Gurpurb) of Guru Nanak was celebrated on Thursday across the country and abroad, including Pakistan.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the prayers on the premises of Rashtrapati Bhawan, the presidential palace.
A gurbani (hymn) recital was also organised at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Ansari and Modi were among the dignitaries who attended the event. The gurbani was conducted by Bhai Chamanjit Singh.
In a series of tweets on Thursday, Modi called on the people to follow the path of compassion, truth and peace, as shown by Guru Nanak.
“I bow to the venerable Guru Nanak (Devji) on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti. The life and teachings of Guru Nanak (Devji) inspire us eternally,” Modi said.
“Today is also a day to pledge to embrace the path of service and work towards a just and equal society, free from any kind of social evil,” he added.
A jatha of more than 1,500 Sikh devotees who arrived in Nankana Sahib, 100 km from Lahore (Pakistan) on Wednesday, celebrated Gurpurb at the historic gurdwara there.
Bollywood celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar and Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter to wish their friends and fans on the occasion.
Gurpurb celebrations were also held in leading gurdwaras of Patna (Bihar) and Nanded (Maharashtra).