Islamabad: Some 1,100 Indian Sikhs have arrived in Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Pakistan’s Punjab province on Monday as a part of the Nagar Kirtan, a spiritual procession held to mark the 550th start anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev, the founding father of Sikhism.
The gurdwara in Hasan Abdal, Attock district, was adorned with vibrant lights and pilgrims carried out varied rituals together with Matha Taki, Ashnan and exchanging items, Daybreak information reported.
Evacuee Belief Property Board (ETPB) Deputy Secretary Shrines Imran Gondal mentioned that the Sikh pilgrims crossed the border by means of Wagah on October 31 through Ludhiana and Amritsar.
He mentioned they visited Gurdwara Janamasthan, Nankana Sahib, Gurdwara Sacha Sodda Farooqabad and different temples, and the pilgrimage will conclude at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the place a gold palanquin ‘Palki Sahib’ shall be put in on Tuesday.
“Around 1,300 visas issued for the Nagar Kirtan are over and above the contingent covered under the Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines 1974 between Pakistan and India,” Gondal mentioned.
“Sikh pilgrims from India visit Pakistan for religious festivals at least four times a year under the framework of the 1974 India-Pakistan protocol on visits to religious shrines but denial to visit Pakistan to participate in religious rituals despite having valid visas is not understood.”
Gondal mentioned the board, in collaboration with the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbhand Committee and the district administration, has made safety and lodging preparations for Indian and native Sikh yatrees.
In the meantime, a 178-member delegation has arrived in Pakistan from the UK to participate within the upcoming 550th start anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev – the founding father of Sikhism, slated to be held on the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara on November 12.
The Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, initially referred to as Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, is a extremely revered Sikh shrine the place Guru Nanak Dev spent 18 years of his life and is his ultimate resting place.
In the meantime the Kartarpur Hall, which can facilitate Indian Sikh pilgrims to journey to Pakistan to go to the shrine, shall be inaugurated on Saturday.