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ਘਾਲਿ ਖਾਇ ਕਿਛੁ ਹਥਹੁ ਦੇਇ ॥

ਨਾਨਕ ਰਾਹੁ ਪਛਾਣਹਿ ਸੇਇ ॥੧॥

(Guru Nanak Sahib - Ang 1245)

ghaal khaae kishh hathhahu dhaee ||

One who works for what he eats, and gives some of what he has

naanak raahu pashhaanehi saee ||1||

- O Nanak, he knows the Path. ||1||

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki Fateh !

May Guru Sahib Shower all of you with Blessings on this special day - The Parkash Purb of Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji .

To mark this day i have posted a short film from 1989 - it was shown on Channel 4 (UK) in the Children's TV slot.

It is a very good little film - it has a very 'homespun' quality - it is not perfect but remember it was made for children.

It also has a social history angle - in that it gives a snap shot of the Walsall and Coventry Sangats in 1989

Enjoy it

Click on the Link to see it :


Here is a collection of some beautiful and interesting old Portraits of Guru Sahib.

These are from the collection of the Government Museum and Art Gallery Chandigarh.

This watercolour from the end of the 19th century - shows Guru Nanak in a chola / cloak with Quranic inscriptions

There is a janamsakhi account of Guru Nanak receiving such a chola at Baghdad - and one is preserved at Dera Baba Nanak.

Perhaps anyone who can read arabic script can confirm that the calligraphy is from the quran - it has been said that the calligraphy on the sleeves is Gurbani from Japji Sahib. - (If you can read shahmukhi please give a transliteration - Many Thanks )

I have posted some details and a picture that is said to be the Chola at Dera Baba Nanak.






In this Punjab plains watercolour from the late 19th century - Guru Sahib is shown wearing a patchwork cloak embroidered with the Mul Mantar.



In this Kashmir style watercolour Guru Sahib is also wearing a patchwork shawl


Guru Nanak at Panja Sahib


'Das Guru Darshan' Painted by Bhai Puran Singh 'musavvar' , dated AD1882


A woodcut from the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.


The following pictures are from the B40 Janamsakhi in the collection of the India Office/ British Library.

Guru Nanak grazing his buffaloes


Guru Nanak at Mecca


Baba Nanak and Bhagat Kabir



The following pictures are some of my favourite examples of 'Popular' calendar type portraits

'Waheguru Nam Jahaz hai, Charey so uttarey paar'


Bhai Lalo and Malik Bhago


This last picture was always a favourite of mine as a child.



Hope you enjoyed the pictures !

GurFateh !

Ranjit Singh 'Freed'


* Pictures taken from;

*B40 Janamsakhi Guru Baba Nanak - Paintings - Surjit Hans - GNDU

*Piety and Splendour - Sikh Heritage in Art - BN Goswamy - Nat Mus New Delhi - 2000

*Guru Nanak 5th Century Diary - 1969

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