Sikh pilgrims begin journey back to India

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LAHORE: Sikh pilgrims who arrived in Pakistan to celebrate the 549th birth anniversary of founder of Sikhism Baba Guru Nanak, will start returning to India today.

Last week, a special train from across the border carried more than 3,000 pilgrims for the visit.

Lasting between November 23 and 28, ceremonies were held in Nankana Sahib, Hassanabdal, Lahore and Rohri. The week-long festivities included a number of rituals and distribution of sweets and langar.

Thousands of Sikhs from across the world converge on Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Hassanabdal each year for the birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.

 

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan performed the groundbreaking of a four-kilometre-long Kartarpur corridor amid much fanfare in a ceremony attended by a number of dignitaries, including Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Indian Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.

The corridor will connect Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur, India, with Gurdwara Kartarpur Darbar Sahib on the banks of River Ravi in Narowal district to allow visa-free access to Sikh pilgrims for visiting their holy site.