The day marks the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, who laid the foundation of Sikhism.
“Gurpurab greetings to all fellow citizens, especially to our Sikh brothers and sisters in India and abroad.
The life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev inspire us to follow the path of peace, compassion and service,” President Ram Nath Kovind said in a Twitter message.
In his message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the day should lead the common people to recall the “inspiring thoughts” of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
In a Twitter post, Mr Modi wrote: “Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji taught us the path of truth, righteousness and compassion. He was committed towards eradicating injustice and inequality from society.
He also believed in the power of education. We bow to him on his Jayanti and recall his inspiring thoughts”.
Kartik Purnima is also being celebrated on Friday.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has greeted the people on the occasion.
Kartik Purnima is the most popular day for bathing in the Ganges at Varanasi. It is also called Deva-Diwali or Deva-Deepawali – the festival of lights of the gods.
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