India to issue Rs 550 coin to mark 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev 

WION New Delhi Jun 05, 2019, 06.38 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

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One side of the coin shall bear the picture of Gurudwara Shri Ber Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi in Punjab with the inscription '550th Prakash Utsav of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji' in Hindi and English. 

India will issue a commemorative coin of Rs 550 to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev which will be celebrated this November.

One side of the coin shall bear the picture of Gurudwara Shri Ber Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi in Punjab with the inscription '550th Prakash Utsav of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji' in Hindi and English. 

The inscription will be on the top periphery as well as the lower periphery. The year 1496 and 2019 will also be inscribed. 1496 was the year when founder of Sikhism and first of the 10 gurus, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, was born.

The other side of the coin will bear Lion Capitol of the Ashoka Pillar in the centre with 'Satyameva Jayate' inscribed below. 'Bharat' will be inscribed in Devnagri while 'India' will be inscribed in English on the coin.Overall, the weight of the coin will be 35 gram.

As part of the commemoration of the 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji, the Indian cabinet in November 2018 announced the construction of Kartarpur corridor.

The corridor will be built from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the International Border and will facilitate pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur on the banks of the Ravi river in Pakistan. Guru Nanak Devji spent eighteen years here. 

Along the corridor, the railways will run a train passing through various holy places of Sikhism. Indian missions will organize special events, including the ones that will be set up at a university in UK and Canada ahead of the 550th birth anniversary.