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Guru Nanak - The founder of Sikhism

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Guru Nanak

Guru Nanak (1469-1539) was one of the greatest religious innovators of all time and the founder of the Sikh religion.
Guru Nanak's birthday is celebrated by Sikhs on April 14th by the Nanakshahi Calendar. (The date according to the lunar calendar changes annually but is usually in November.)
Nanak's religious ideas draw on both Hindu and Islamic thought but are far more than just a synthesis. Nanak was an original spiritual thinker and expressed his thoughts in extraordinary poetry that forms the basis of Sikh scripture.

Little is known about the life of Nanak, but Sikh tradition has a much-loved set of stories or janam sakhis which relate various incidents from his life, and include many of his important teachings.
Nanak was born about 40 miles from Lahore (now in Pakistan) in 1469. Sikh traditions teach that his birth and early years were marked with many events that demonstrated that God had marked him out for something special and was keeping an eye on him.
His family…