Indian Sikh pilgrims head back home after celebrating Baisakhi
LAHORE: Indian Sikh pilgrims began their journey back home on Sunday morning after celebrating Baisakhi festival at gurdwaras in Punjab.
As many as 1898 pilgrims had come to Pakistan on April 12 to participate in the annual Baisakhi celebrations.
A special train carrying 624 Sikh pilgrims left for India this morning, which was followed by another train with 834 pilgrims on board. The third train carrying the remaining pilgrims will leave later today.
Baisakhi marks the beginning of a new harvest season. During their stay in Pakistan, the pilgrims paid visits at the religious shrines of Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib, and Kartarpur Sahib.
A three-day celebrations of Baisakhi festival concluded at Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Hassan Abdal last Sunday. Sikh pilgrims from across the world visited Pakistan to celebrate their religious festival.
The pilgrims lauded the arrangements for accommodation, food and transport for Sikh Yatrees, saying they were up to the mark and added that such facilities were not available to them in India.
They said that said it was heartening to see a warm welcome by the local people, embracing and taking selfies with them.