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    Celebrities and Netizens Celebrate 550th Birthday of Sikhism Founder Guru Nanak

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Bollywood stars, political leaders and other prominent people got into the festive mood and lit up their social media platforms with festive cheers and warm wishes for their fans.

    As millions of Sikhs across the world mark the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of the religion Guru Nanak, messages of goodwill poured in from all four corners of the world from both politicians and celebrities.

    Several hashtags, including #GuruNanak550, #GuruGurab, #550PrakashPark are trending on Twitter in India with several thousands of mentions.

    Legendary actors Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Actress Neha Dhupia, Dia Mirza, Parineeti Chopra, and others shared goodwill wishes on one of the holiest and important festivals of Sikhism – Guru Purab.

    India's leading man Narendra Modi also wished the nation on the auspicious day. 

    Singer Shreya Ghoshal took the opportunity to share her video, singing Gurubani, a religious verse, in her melodious voice.

    Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, who has charmed millennials, not only with his batting skills but his personality as well, had a special video message for his fans.

    Ex-UN envoy and parliamentarian Shahi Tharoor and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh took to twitter to share greetings.

    The UK Labour Party, headed by Jeremy Corbyn also shared a special video.

    India's Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia celebrated the day by paying visit to a holy shrine in India’s Punjab to offer his prayers.

    Sikhism is a monotheistic religion, which began in the 15th century. Five-and-a-half centuries later the religion has 30 million followers worldwide.

    The religion has a huge global following in Canada, the US, Europe and Pakistan. The founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, was born in 1469 to a Hindu family at Nankana Sahib, a city is now in Pakistan following India’s partition in 1947.  

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