In celebration of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550th birth anniversary, the iconic Johannesburg Gurudwara based in Sandton was a buzz of activity this weekend.
#GAUTENG: South Africa’s vibrant Sikh community has over the years contributed to diversity in many projects and also opening the doors of their temple to the public.
The Gurudwara, popularly known as the ‘Sandton Gurudwara‘ has consistently led the way forward in promoting a culture of generosity and sharing the word of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The beautiful gurudwara located in Sandton’s hub has been a landmark religious site as well as a tourist destination for spiritual rejuvenation.
The Indian High Commission also joined the Johannesburg Sikh community this past Sunday, 24 November to commemorate Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s birth anniversary, see pictures below
More visuals of activities during this weekend at the Gurudwara
India’s government have highlighted a number of activities around this period including:
Development of the historical Kartarpur Sahib corridor
Development of the Kartarpur corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the international border, to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the banks of the Ravi river, in Pakistan, where Shri Guru Nanak Devji spent 18 years.
Development of Sultanpur Lodhi
The historic town of Sultanpur Lodhi, associated with the life of Shri Guru Nanak Devji, shall be developed as a heritage town and on the Smart City principles, including energy efficiency, to highlight Shri Guru Nanak Devji’s emphasis on sustainability and reverence for nature.
Centre for interfaith studies and Chairs in foreign Universities:
A centre for inter faith studies will be set up at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Chairs on Shri Guru Nanak Devji will be set up in one University each in UK and Canada. An International seminar on the life and teachings of Shri Guru Nanak Devji will be organised in New Delhi.
Globally, Indian missions have hosted special events to celebrate 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji. Commemorative coin and postage stamps have been released by the Government of India to mark this milestone.