Guru Nanak was born on 29th November 1469 in the village of Rai Bhoey Di Talwanddi, now called Nankana Sahib (after the Guru), near Lahore, Pakistan. Today, his birth place is marked by Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib. His father, Mehta Kaliyan Chand Bedi Ji, also known as Mehta Kalu, was thepatwari (accountant) of crop revenue for the village of Talwandi. Guru Nanak’s mother was Tripta Devi Ji and he had one older sister, Bebe Nanaki Ji.
The Guru was not a prophet or messenger according to the Sikh belief; but rather was the incarnate form of God. The word Guru literally means the one who ferries a being from darkness to enlightenment. We believe that God took responsibility of this task upon himself and came as Guru Nanak to guide the universe. We believe the Guru is not limited to Sikhs but shows a path for people of all faiths and backgrounds. The benevolence of the Guru is not limited to humans and extends to the entire universe including animals and ghosts.