Since His life and times, Guru Nanak has attained a deified status in the popular devotional imagination of Sikhs (He is the founder of Sikhism) and Hindus alike. He was revered as a saint and a teacher for His message of monotheism (‘ik omkar’ or the one godhead) and the eternal Truth pertaining to life and death.
The painting that you see on this page captures the image of Guru Nanak as worshipped since the 15th to 16th centuries. Eyes half-shut in contemplation of the divine, a forward-leaning stance that conveys deep compassion, and a hand raised in infinite blessing.
A shower of sacred petals around the beturbaned head of Nanak. Their deep crimson shade contrasts against the thick, pristine clouds of the background; which in turn matches the long, white, flowing beard of the great teacher.
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