550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev: 1,100 Indian Sikhs Reach Gurudwara Punja Sahib in Pakistan

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550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev: 1,100 Indian Sikhs Reach Gurudwara Punja Sahib in Pakistan

On the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, over a 1000 sikhs from India have reached their birthplace, Hasan Abdal city of Pakistan on Sunday as a part of ‘Nagar Kirtan’. The gurdwara of Punjab province was decorated with colorful lights and pilgrims performed various rituals. 

ETPB (Evacuee Trust Property Board) deputy secretary shrines, Imran Gondal said the Indian group of sikhs entered the Pakistan border through Wagah on October 31st via Ludhiana & Amritsar. These Indian Sikh group reached Pakistan’s Hasan Abdal on Sunday and also visited Gurudwara birth place, Nankana Sahib & Gurdwara Sacha Soda Farukabad & other temples. The pilgrimage will conclude at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur and here gold palanquin ’Palika Sahib’ will be installed. 

Gondal said around 1,300 visas issued under a protocol on visits to religious shrines between Pakistan & India. The Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Committee and the district administration have managed the safety and security of the pilgrims. Speaking to the media, Gondal said that Indian Sikhs would also attend the inauguration ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor on 9 November. On this occasion, he appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan for laying the foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak University at Nankana Sahib and issuing a commemorative coin.

The ETPB (Evacuee Trust Property Board) said that there has been a demand from the Pak Federal Board of Revenue to keep the golden sedan out of the tax net. Besides, special arrangements have been made for the accommodation of Sikh devotees and for medical and transportation. Meanwhile, on Thursday, India-Pakistan signed an operational agreement for the Kartarpur corridor. However, the issue of $ 20 service fee imposed by Pakistan has not been resolved so far. This agreement will pave the way for the opening of the first corridor on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. With this, Sikh devotees will be able to go to Gurdwara Sahib located in Narowal district of Punjab province of Pakistan, four and a half kilometers from the border. 

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