Pakistan’s reverence for the ‘saint of peace’ – Baba Guru Nanak

Thousands of Sikh pilgrims from throughout the globe have gathered within the Nankana Sahib district of Punjab to have fun the 552nd delivery anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, the founding father of their faith.

The 10-day celebrations started on Wednesday in Nankana Sahib – the birthplace of Baba Guru Nanak with Akhand Path, a studying of 1,430 pages of the holy ebook of Sikhism, the Granth Sahib.

Pakistan is home to a number of the most necessary pilgrimage websites for Sikhs. They embrace the birthplace of Baba Guru Nanak, who was born in 1469, Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, and Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hasan Abdal.

Sikhs from Afghanistan have arrived in Pakistan by way of the Torkham Border and A gaggle of Indian Sikh pilgrims has arrived on November 17 by way of the Wahga border. During the celebrations, Sikh pilgrims will even be visiting Darbar Kartarpur Sahib.

The delivery anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak could be celebrated on November 19 and the federal government of Pakistan has made elaborate preparations to facilitate the Sikh pilgrims to go to the delivery place of Guru Nanak and carry out their spiritual rites.

The authorities issued 3,000 visas to Indian Sikhs and the pilgrims can be prolonged all attainable conveniences throughout their keep in Pakistan to have fun their spiritual occasion and go to totally different spiritual websites positioned throughout the nation. 

The occasion, other than the celebrations, will even embrace assembly with the Pakistani management, media personalities and holding cultural occasions.

The pilgrims will even go to their holy websites in a number of elements of Punjab, together with Kartarpur sahib, the place Guru Nanak settled and died in 1539.

Notwithstanding a chill in bilateral ties over IIOJK, the federal government has opened the Kartarpur hall to permit Indian pilgrims to go to the holy Sikh shrine in Pakistan.

The variety of Sikhs living in Pakistan is estimated to be between 30,000 – 40,000, however the nation is host to a number of the most necessary pilgrimage websites for the faith.

They embrace the birthplace of Baba Guru Nanak, who was born in 1469, Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara and Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hasan Abdal city, the place the handprint of Guru Nanak is believed to be imprinted on a boulder.

Since Partition, Pakistan has been making all attainable preparations together with the preservation/ renovation of Sikh sacred websites and increasing services to Sikh pilgrims coming from everywhere in the world. Sikhs from India, Canada, the United States, Malaysia and several other different nations go to Pakistan every year.

The authorities has additionally supplied visa-free entry to devotees from India and has made all attainable administrative preparations.

It is pertinent to say that Pakistan had additionally issued a particular coin commemorating the 550th delivery anniversary of Guru Nanak to pay homage.

The inauguration of Kartarpur hall by Prime Minister Imran Khan on November 19, 2019 was welcomed by the worldwide Sikh neighborhood. 

The Sikh neighborhood in Indian Punjab and Haryana had not solely welcomed it but additionally thanked Pakistani management for the reward. This was clearly seen within the show of the premier’s posters in Indian Punjab and fluttering of Pakistan flags in Jallandhar in 2019.

Former cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sandhu, whereas addressing on the opening of Kartarpur Corridor, mentioned the Sikh neighborhood everywhere in the world was grateful to Prime Minister Imran Khan to take the daring step to construct Kartarpur Corridor with out beneficial properties or losses, “You have won hearts of Sikhs”.

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