The 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh Guru, is being celebrated with great devotion by Sikhs and humanitarians from around the world. Thousands of Sikhs from across the globe have converged in a small city Kartarpur in Pakistan’s northeastern Punjab province, to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of the Sikh religion.
Pakistan is home to some of the most important pilgrimage sites for Sikhs. They include the birthplace of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji, who was born in 1469, Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara and Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hasan Abdal town, where the handprint of Guru Nanak Ji is believed to be imprinted on a boulder.
These sites are visited by thousands of Sikhs from neighbouring India, Europe and Canada every year.
“Sikhs across the globe have a very special association with Pakistan, as the birthplace [Nankana Sahib] and the place of death [Kartarpur Sahib] of the founder of their religion Baba Guru Nanak are here”, said Iqbal Qaiser, a Lahore-based historian and writer of Punjabi language.
Punjabi is the common language of the province of Punjab, partitioned between Pakistan and India.
Iqbal Qaiser author of Historical Sikh Shrines in Pakistan, one of the most detailed books on holy Sikh sites in Pakistan described the opening of Kartarpur border as one of the most important developments in the recent India-Pakistan history.
“It was not India that had been divided in 1947. It was actually the Punjab that had been divided into two parts”, he said, referring to the creation of India and Pakistan, as two independent states, following the end of British colonial era.
“Opening of Kartarpur crossing means the Punjabis [from both sides of the border]are coming closer”, he maintained.
To mark the 550th Anniversary of the birth Guru Nanak Dev Ji several Punjabi artists have released Sikh devotional songs, many are included in the playlist below:
1: Dhan Dhan Baba Nanak – Jazzy B Jassi Bros
2: Satguru Nanak Aaye Ne – Celebrating 550 Years Of Guru Nanak Dev Ji – Harshdeep Kaur Ft.Various Artists
3: Aarti – Satinder Sartaaj
4: Baba Nanak – R Nait
5: Bhain Nanki Sung – Veet Baljit
6: Aar Nanak Paar Nanak – Diljit Dosanjh
7: Nanak Aadh Jugaadh Jiyo – Diljit Dosanjh
8: Guru Nanak Mehma – Sukhshinder Shinda
9: Udd Nankane Chaliye – Sukhshider Shinda
10: Kal Taaran Guru Nanak Aaya – Sukhwinder Singh
11: Kaisi Aarti Hoe – Ravinder Grewal
12: Aad Guru Nanak – Meet Kaur
13: Nanak De Bache -Geeta Zaildar
14: Dhan Guru Nanak – En Karma Ft Sarbjit Cheema & Jasmine
15: Gurpurab – Ranjit Bawa
16: Jaap – Harp Farmer
17: KARTARPUR CORRIDOR welcome SONG for Sikh community BY PAKISTAN GOVT
18: Nanak Da Desh – Ajit Singh
19: Nanak Da Putt – Jasdeep Jogi
20: Nanak – Anmol Gagan Maan
21: Rabaab- Subaig Singh Ft Popsy
22: Baba Nanak – Sharry Mann ft Baljit Gharuan
23: Guru Nanak Di Sikhi – Luv Randhawa
24: Guru Nanak Aaya – Daler Mehndi
25: Baba Tera Nankana – Jatinder Dhiman (Amar Singh Chamkila)
26: Bani Babe Di -AS Kang
27: Guru Nanak – Veet Bajit
28: Dhan Guru Nanak – Honey Sidhu
29: ARAM Short Film – Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s teachings Sanjot Randhawa
30: How was Guru Nanak Dev ji different? Jagraj Singh Basics Of Sikhi
31: Ucha Dar Babeh Nanak Da – Frenzy, Gurdas Maan
Please Note: More songs will be added over the next few days to this playlist