Government of India will celebrate the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji, throughout the country and across the globe, in a grand and befitting manner along with State Governments and the Indian Missions abroad. Guru Nanak Devji’s teachings of love, peace, equality and brotherhood have eternal value.
Highlights of the planned celebration.
Development of Kartarpur Sahib corridor:
The Government approved the building and 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. Pilgrims would then be able to visit the holy shrine throughout the year. The corridor will have modern amenities and facilities.
Development of Sultanpur Lodhi:
On 22 November 2018, the Union Cabinet passed a Resolution to celebrate the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji within the country and across the world. The historic town of Sultanpur Lodhi is being developed as a heritage town. The upgradation of the railway station and the museum will be completed by mid-October. The foundation stone-laying ceremony for the Heritage Complex “Pind Babe Nanak Da” will be held also.
Centre for inter faith studies and Chairs in foreign Universities:
With aim to popularising the teachings and philosophy of Sikhism, projecting it as India’s unique contribution to world peace and harmony, a centre for Inter-Faith Studies is being set up in Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar. Besides, Chairs on Guru Nanak Devji are proposed to be set up in foreign universities including in Concordia University in Canada and Birmingham University in UK.
Celebrations throughout the country and globally:
Indian missions overseas will organize special events to celebrate 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji.
Commemorative coin and stamps:
Commemorative coin and postage stamps will be released by the Government of India to mark this momentous occasion.
Religious activities and publications:
Religious activities will be organised throughout India. UNESCO will be proposed to publish Shri Guru Nanak Devji’s writings in world languages.
Special train for pilgrims:
Ministry of Railways is planning to run special trains to connect places associated with Shri Guru Nanak Devji.