From a young age, he was drawn to the spiritual world as whenever he was given money he used to distribute it among beggars. He was well read in Hinduism and Islam and is known to have been influenced by both religions. He was also influenced highly by Kabir's teachings and Sufism. After marriage however, he left home to preach that “There is no Hindu, there is no Mussulman.”
On the auspicious day, the Guru Granth Sahib is read out continuously for 48 hours prior to the festival. Processions are also taken out each year, where Sikhs sing hymns in his praise. Prior to the day all the Gurdwaras are decked up and the Palki for Guru Granth Sahib, Panj Pyaras and Gatka team displaying their sword skills and martial arts are performed. Free food also known as langar is served to whoever visits Gurdwaras.
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