Today is the most auspicious day for the Sikhs all over the world as November 23 marks the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, who laid the foundation of Sikhism. It is called Gurpurab because “Gur” means Guru or master, and “Purab”, means parv or day in Hindi.
Born to Kalayan Das Mehta and Matta Tripat, Guru Nanak didn’t like the superficial aspects and conventional ideas of religion. He believed that there is only one formless God and a constant remembrance of God, called ‘naamsimran’, is the only way to liberation.
The avant-garde Guru Nanak was way ahead of his time. Let us all “Burn worldly love, rub the ashes and make ink of it, make the heart the pen, the intellect the writer, write that which has no end or limit.”
Here are some of the books that children can read to know more about the pioneer of Sikhism:
- My First Sikh Books by Parveen Dhillon (Age: 3+)
It is a 2-in-1 children’s book that includes ‘My First Singh Book’ and ‘My First Kaur Book’. It introduces your toddler to Sikh faith through vivid illustrations.
- Guru Nanak-The First Sikh Guru by Daljeet Singh Sidhu (Age: 6+)
Sidhu’s books narrate the story of Guru Nanak in detail through a comic series in five volumes.
- Amma, Take Me to the Golden Temple by Bhakti Mathur (Age: 7+)
Go on a tour around the famous Golden Temple and learn about Sikhism and its gurus.
- Journey with the Gurus by Inni Kaur (Age: 7+)
Know the childhood adventures of Guru Nanak and his spiritual exploration & teachings along with illustrations.
- Guru Nanak: The Thinker And The Poet by Astri Ghosh (Age: 8+)
Learn about the extraordinary life of Guru Nanak, his prime beliefs and ideas.
- The story of Guru Nanak by Mala Singh (Age: 8+)
Through interesting anecdotes, this illustrated book narrates the story of Guru Nanak.