In the Painting, Guru Nanak is shown wearing Godri. Traditionally, village women used to prepare Godri by collecting pieces of different coloured clothes and sewing it together. Usually, it was presented to saintly persons visiting the village.To spread the message of spirituality, Guru Nanak travelled to different parts of the world. Guru Nanak always believed that he was there to spread God’s message of love, peace and devotion to humanity.
Guru Nanak was born to Mata Tripta and Mehta Kalu in Talwandi in year 1469. It was full moon night. All the God and Goddesses showering their blessing.
Guru Nanak’s father once sent him to graze buffaloes in the pastures. While grazing the buffaloes, Guru Nanak sat in deep meditation. Meanwhile, the buffaloes went into the neighbouring farmer’s field, destroying his crops. The farmer saw it and became furious. He lodged a complaint with Rai Bular, the officer-in-charge of that area. Rai Bular came to inspect the fields, and to his astonishment, he found no damage was done to the crops rather, the crops were blossoming.
One day, His father gave Rs.20/- and asked to do some business. Nanak along with Bala on way to market, they passed a place where many Sadhus were staying. Nanak came to know that the Sadhus had not eaten anything for many days, so he arranged food for them. For him it was a truly profitable trade.
Guru Nanak appointed as store-in-charge by Nawab of Sultanpur. He performed his duties efficiently and everyone was satisfied with his work. He often used to donate free grains to poor. Someone complaint to Nawab that Nanak was misusing the grains. When the Nawab Dault Khan checked the provisions and found that they were not sufficient but little more than that.
In 1499, Guru Nanak set out on his sacred mission to spread the holy message of peace and compassion to all of mankind. Most of his journeys were made on foot with his companion Bhai Mardana and Bala.
One day, Malik Bhago, a rich man of a village, arranged a general feast and invited Guru Nanak too. He went but refused to eat anything. When Malik Bhagoo asked for explanation. Guru Nanak asked him to bring some food and also asked Bhai Laloo, a carpenter in the same village, to bring some food from his house. He took Malik ‘s food in one hand and Laloo’s food in another and squeezed the two. All present there were shocked to see drops of blood from Mailk’s food and drops of milk from Laloo’s food. Guru Nanak then told Malik Bhagoo that his food was made from money got by torturing and exploiting the poor while Bhai Laloo’s food made from honest working.
Once Guru Nanak accompanied by his companions Mardana and Bala reached a village in Distt. Kasoor. The villagers did not show any respect to sants and fakirs. They did not offer any food and shelter. While leaving, Guru Nanak blessed the villagers to live happily( Vasde raho) in same village forever. Then they reached another village where villagers were very courteous and caring. They offered food and shelter. Next day, while leaving, Guru blessed them to leave and settle in other places(Ujar Jao). When Mardana asked about this strange blessing, the Guru explained that people of first villagers should live there, so that people from other villages will not follow their bad behavior. The people of second should go out and live in other places to spread their essence of their good behavior, caring nature and generous attitude towards life.
Guru was passing through a draught place where there was nothing to eat even for the animals. With the blessing of Guru the dry land slowly turned to a green pastures.
During his journey to Bagdad, he found that human being sold and bought human being as slaves. They were treated shabbily. Guru Nanak also offered himself along with other slaves, to be taken by rich person. They could not tighten with rope like other slaves and surprised to see spiritual glow on Guru Nanak’s face. Here Guru Nanak gave message that all human being are equal in the eyes of God, irrespective of caste, creed, class, rich or poor, men or women.
During pilgrimages,Guru Nanak reached Hardwar.One morning while he was taking bath in river Ganga,he found people offering hand full of water to sun to quench thirsts of their ancestors.He started throwing water in opposite direction.When priests objected, Nanak replied he was sending water to his fields in Punjab which are nearer than the abode of their ancestors.Then he gave them the message that the best way to have anything reach their ancestors is by giving it to the poor and the needy.
Guru travelled to different places and teaching message of God. He used to have religious discussions with Fakirs, Kazis, Sadhus, Priests and Mullas. He saw that Sadhus and Fakirs indulged in performing miracles to impress the people. Guru Nanak preached them that one should live a healthy family life, work honestly, pray sincerely and be charitable.
Guru Nanak visited Makka a holy city of Muslims. There one day, he was having rest under a tree. Kazi Rukan-ud-din and Jiwan saw Nanak lying with his feet pointing towards holy Kabba. They shook him angrily and asked him to change his position of his feet to another direction. Nanak politely asked them to do it. When they did it, they and other hajjis were shocked to see that the holy Kabba direction had changed accordingly. Then Nanak told them that God existed everywhere and in everyone.
During travelling to Dhanasri. His minstrel Mardana was very hungry and went to get something to eat. On his way, he met Kauda, the cannibal. Kauda took Mardana by surprise and then carried him to the spot where he had kept a cauldron of oil for frying the flesh of his victims. Kauda lighten fire under the cauldron and the Guru appeared. This bewildered Kauda completely. The Guru looked at him compassionately and graciously. The very gracious and holy sight of the Guru made him realized of his guilt and prayed for mercy. The gracious Guru blessed him with the God’s Name. Then Kauda became changed person.
While travelling, met a notorious robber, called Bhoomiya. He used to rob and loot the people to earn his livelihood. Guru asked him why he was doing this. He told him that he was doing all this for his family and his family is equally responsible for all his deeds. Then Guru Nanak asked him to go and ask his family members if they want to be partners in his misdeeds also. They all refused to be partners in his wrong doings. Then Guru Nanak told him that only one is responsible for one’s good as well as bad deeds. He understood and became a reformed person.
Baba Hasan Wali Kandhari owned a house by side of spring on hill in vill. Hasan Abdul. Guru Nanak along with Mardana and Bala reached there. Mardana felt very thirsty. Nanak asked him to take water from that spring but Wali Khandhari refused to give water. Then Guru Nanak lifted a small stone nearby and water began to flow there. In anger, Wali Kandhari pushed down a big stone towards Nanak. He stopped it with his hand and imprint of Guru’s open hand made on stone. Now it is known as Panja Sahib. Seeing this, he bowed at Guru’s feet for forgiveness and promised to serve the people from that day.
During his travelling, Guru Nanak heard about Karo Badshah, who has collected gold coins forcefully from people of his area. He took gold coin even from mouth of corpus buried in graves. When Guru Nanak visited him. He proudly showed Guru Nanak the wealth he has collected. Then Guru Nanak gave him a needle and asked him to take it along with him to heaven. He was shocked that how he can take it. Then Guru Nanak asked him what he will do with all the money collected forcibly from public. Then Karo Badshah enlightened and promised Guru to spend the money for welfare of people.
Having fulfilled his mission in this world, he left for his heavenly abode in 1539 at Kartarpur. Since the Guru had Hindu and Muslim followers, an argument arose over whether the Guru's body should be cremated or buried. Traditionally, Hindus cremate while Muslims bury the bodies. Ultimately, when the cloth sheet was removed the Guru's body was missing and there was big mound of beautiful flowers. It was the final message that Guru Nanak gave to his followers a message of harmony, peace and brotherhood of man that Guru had taught all his life. The two communities divided the cloth sheet and flowers into two, one burying it and the other consigning it to fire. The Artist has shown the God and Goddesses welcoming to his heavenly abode with garlands.
The Artist has written his name in very unique style. He has placed lamp ( Diya) on wooden stand in shape of T( Trilok Singh). He very humbly prays to Guru Nanak to enlighten his mind by lighting his lamp of knowledge and devotion.