Kartarpur ready to welcome Sikh pilgrims for 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev

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ISLAMABAD: Kartarpur corridor is all set to welcome Sikh pilgrims for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.

 

Ahead of the planned inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had shared some of the dazzling pictures of the Kartarpur complex and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib on his Twitter account on Sunday, saying the revered venue is ready to welcome the Sikh pilgrims.

He also congratulated his own government for completing the construction work on time.

The year 2019 marks the 550th birth anniversary year of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, whose birthplace is Sri Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.

Earlier, he had abolished the condition of passport for the Sikhs coming to Kartarpur and the service fee of USD 20 dollars for those coming for the inaugural ceremony and on the 550th birth anniversary of the Sikh Guru on November 12.

The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.

The two countries decided that 5,000 pilgrims can visit the shrine every day and that additional pilgrim will be allowed on special occasions, subject to capacity expansion of facilities by the Pakistani side.

India and Pakistan have also decided that the corridor will be operational through the year and seven days a week and that pilgrims, except kids and elderly persons, will have a choice to visit it as individuals or in groups.

Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan's Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine.

The corridor will facilitate the visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

On November 26, last year, India's Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district.

Two days later, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Narowal, 125 km from Lahore.

 

With inputs from Agency

Image  credit: Youtube

 

 

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