Mumbai Gurudwaras to forgo large gatherings on Guru Nanak Jayanti

This year, amidst COVID-19, Gurudwaras across Mumbai have asked people to pray at home on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti.

Mumbai Gurudwaras to forgo large gatherings on Guru Nanak Jayanti

On Monday, November 30, Gurupurab will be celebrated across the state which commemorates the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

Guru Nanak also referred to as Baba Nanak, was the founder of Sikhism. The celebrations usually commence with Prabhat Pheris. These are early morning processions that begin at the Gurudwaras and proceed around the localities with people singing hymns. Generally, two days before the birthday, Akhand Path (a forty-eight-hour non-stop reading of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs) is held in the Gurdwaras. However, this year, amidst the pandemic, community leaders in Mumbai have asked the people to pray at home.

Moreover, the Dadar gurdwara of Sri Guru Singh Sabha released a video urging people to pray at home due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. In addition, Senior vice president Kulwant Singh added that this year the langar has been curtailed and the distribution 'karanh prasad' will occur to the few visitors who arrive.

The festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated by the Sikh community all over the world and is one of the most important festivals in the Sikh calendar. The celebrations are especially colourful in Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh and many more locations like in parts of Pakistan and England. Even some Sindhis celebrate this festival in the country.