It was chilling and foggy morning at Lahore. W when we were heading towards Gurdwara sahib of Kartarpur. Tall trees without leaves were welcoming on the both sides of road towards Gurdwara sahib. We crossed Narowal city after an hour drive from Lahore.
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Sat Sri Akaal from Kartarpur
Gurdwara Sahib is at 16 Km Shakarghar Road, Kartarpur Narowal Punjab of Pakistan. The Kartarpur Corridor is connecting the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur, just 4 kilometers from the International Border, located at Narowal Pakistan.
The Kartarpur corridor – which is in Punjab, a region divided during the partition of British India in 1947 – has opened just days before the 550th anniversary of the birth of Sikhism’s founder, Guru Nanak, on 12 November 2019.
The shrine was built to commemorate the site where Guru Nanak spent the last 18 years of his life. It is considered to be the second holiest site for Sikhism after Gurdwara Janam Asthan, also in Pakistan. Which was built on the site where Guru Nanak was born.
People in long queue were waiting for their turn to get registered at Pakistan side. We passed through several security checks. Finally, we checked in Gurdwara by proving our identity and bio metric registration. We hanged visitors/ Yataris tags around necks. These identity cards are given to pilgrims and visitors for both national and international accordingly.
All devotees and visitors were enthusiastic with smiley faces inside the Gurdwara Sahib. We met many Sikhs from other side of borders. These people were thankful to Pakistan Government for opening this corridor for international community particularly for Sikhs of Indian states.
Men from Sikh community wearing colorful turban- Dastar (Among Sikhs. The turban has traditionally been worn by men) were greeting everyone with Sat Sri Akaal (“True is the name of God”).
A famous religious place for Sikh Community
This Gurdawara is famous religious place for Sikh community. Sikh devotees from over the globe have always a desire to visit here and offer religious rituals. We friends put off our shoes and handed over to the volunteers. You have to put off shoes and don’t bring any tobacco in the premises of Gurdwara Sahib.
Visitors from India
I witnessed hundreds of Sikh men and women from different parts of India there. Every pilgrim was busy in offering prayers inside the shrine. We heard Guru Granth Sahib, which is the central religious scripture of Sikhism.
The number of pilgrims and tourists from India. Who are traveling to the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, across the border in Pakistan is gradually rising. When Pakistan government said that, we will warmly welcome all visitors, who are coming across the border. We greet them whenever pilgrims and visitors want to visit this religious place in Pakistan.
Pictorial gallery of Sat Sri Akaal from Kartarpur
This is said to be ray hope to fasten the tie of friendship, peace, interfaith harmony and brotherhood between the people of both countries Pakistan and India.
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