Guru Nanak is the founder of Sikhism and the first of the Ten Gurus. He died on September 22, 1539, at the age of 70. Guru Nanak Dev Ji was known for his political, social and spiritual beliefs which were based on love, equality, fraternity, and virtue.
Guru Nanak traveled to far off places and spread the message of ‘One God’ and God constitutes the eternal truth and he resides in his creations.
On Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s death anniversary, here are must-know facts about him
- Guru Nanak was born to Hindu parents though he believed that he was neither Hindu nor Muslim
- Guru Nanak started going to school at the age of seven. It was believed that he surprised his teacher by explaining him the symbolism of the first letter of the alphabet, which is a straight stroke in Persian or Arabic. It resembled the mathematical one and it symbolized as God is one and united.
- Guru Nanak’s son Sri Chand became the founder of Udasi religion
- His teaching majorly involved three things; ‘Vand Chakko’, ‘Kirat Karo’ and ‘Naam Japna’. Vand Chakko involves sharing with others and helping the ones in need. Kirat Karo involves making a living honestly with exploiting anyone and without any fraud and ‘Naam Japna’involves meditating on the name of God and controlling our evils
- Guru Nanak traveled the World with an objective to spread the holy message. He travelled to Mecca, Tibet, Kashmir, Bengal, Manipur, Rome, etc. on foot with his Muslim companion (and friend) Bhai Mardana
- Guru Nanak died at the age of 70. He appointed Bhai Lena as his successor and renamed him as Guru Angad.