This Sunday saw the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Baba Guru Nanak Dev. Over 1,100 Indian Sikhs crossed the wagha border and arrived in Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Hassanabdal to partake in the celebration known as Nagar Kirtan.

The pilgrimage began on October 31st and concluded yesterday at midnight when they successfully crossed the border via Ludhiana and Amritsar.

The Gurdwara was lit up to welcome the arrival of the pilgrims who performed various religious rituals including Matha Taki, Ashnan and gift exchanges. They visited a host of other temples as well, including Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Sacha Sodda Farooqabad. Their journey will end at the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with the installation of a gold palanquin ‘Palki Sahib’.

Security and accommodation for the travellers was handled by the Evacuee Trust Property Board and the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbhand Committee.

The governments decision to open the Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate the journey visa-free has been immensely commended by the Sikh community.

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