New Delhi: The 543rd Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, is being celebrated across the country today.

Guru Nanak was born in 1469 at Nankana Sahib (now in Pakistan’s Punjab province).

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Wednesday greeted the nation saying, “On the auspicious occasion of the birthday of Guru Nanak Devji, I extend my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens.” 

“May all of us strive to practice the revered Guru’s noble teachings in our daily lives and strengthen the bonds of unity and oneness in our society,” she said.

Vice President Hamid Ansari too greeted the nation and said, “The divine teachings of Guru Nanak Devji contain the message of peace, harmony and righteousness. On this joyous occasion let us follow his ideals of humanism and social equality that inspire us to move towards a peaceful and just society.”