New Delhi: The 543rd anniversary of the founder of Sikh religion Guru Nanak Dev Ji is being celebrated on Wednesday with great religious fervour, dedication and devotion across the country.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh have wished the nation on this auspicious occasion.
President Mukherjee in his message said ``the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Devji are of profound significance to mankind``.
"His message of love, harmony and brotherhood, his universal vision and compassion provide inspiration for all humanity," said President Mukherjee in his message.
"May each one of us imbibe his ideals and endeavour to apply his noble teachings in our daily lives. On the sacred occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, I extend my greetings to all my fellow citizens," he added.
Vice President Ansari in his message said that ``Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, showed us the path of peace, harmony and righteousness``.
"I convey my greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak`s Birthday. Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism, showed us the path of peace, harmony and righteousness. His message of devotion to God, excellence of conduct and tolerance has timeless relevance and can help in transforming our society," said Vice President Ansari.
"Guru Nanak Dev Ji`s Birthday offer us the opportunity to derive inspiration from his life and deeds by creating a just, peaceful and harmonious society," he added.
The Prime Minister in his message said Guru Nanak Dev`s teachings of religious harmony and peace still inspire everyone.
"Guru Nanak Dev`s life and message gives us the strength to face the challenges faced by our society even today," said Dr. Singh.
Guru Nanak was born in Nankana Saheb on this day in 1469.