Melbourne: Gurudwaras around Victoria are celebrating in full fervour the 550t Prakash Purb (birth anniversary) of the first Sikh master, Guru Nanak Dev which falls on November 12.
The Andrews Labor Government is already supporting Victoria’s Sikh communities with Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne on September 18 announcing that 18 organising groups will share in $200,000 to hold a range of events throughout October and November in 2019 – fulfilling a key election commitment.
Buildings and landmarks around Melbourne will also be lit in saffron this evening in honour of the occasion, including the Bolte Bridge, the Arts Centre, Melbourne Museum and AAMI Stadium.
Victoria is home to Australia’s largest Sikh community, with more than 52,000 Sikh Victorians recorded in the 2016 Census.
“The Guru is God, ineffable, unsearchable. He who follows the Guru, comprehends the nature of the universe,” one of his quotes say.
The three guiding principles of Guru Nanak Dev are: eNaam japana, kirat karni, vand chhakana’ i.e. to repeat God’s name, to be ready to engage in the labour of one’s hands and to be willing to share with others what one has gathered are said to be the three principles underlying Sikh ethics and way of life.
The 550th birth anniversary is being celebrated with great devotion and fervour around the world.
(G’day Staff & agencies)