Nanak was born in 1469 in Talwandi Rai Bhoe ki, fifty-seven miles from Lahore. It is believed that the town was attacked thirteen times and reduced to ruins but was rebuilt because of the resilient spirit of the Punjabis. It was renamed Nankana by its chief Rai Bular in honour of the Guru. Advent of Guru Nanak is thus described by Bhai Gurdas, Sikh savant and amanuensis of Guru Granth Sahib:
“With the appearance of Nanak, the true Guru, the mist cleared and the light scattered all around as with the rise of sun darkness dispels”.
- Varan Bhai Gurdas.
The volume, part of Institute’s tribute to Guru Nanak on his 550th Prakash Utsav with 200 pages (size 11.25” x 13.6”) carrying 225 rare images (in six colours) of paintings and photographs by legendary artists in India and abroad published for the first time in a single volume, is a connoisseurs’ delight. The book was launched during Institute’s function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
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Double-spread: Sea of Devotees in Nankana Sahib on the eve of Guru Nanak’s Birth celebrations in 2018. Photo Credit: Alamy. Photographs of the paintings have been used with artists’ consent and permission from respective repositories.
Portraits of the Ten Gurus by Bodhraj.
Courtesy: Vijay Bodhraj.
Half Title: Engraving in gold on the doors of Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, depicting Guru Nanak with Bhai Mardana and Bhai Bala. Courtesy: SGPC, Amritsar.