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Sikh to celebrate 546th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak at Nankana Sahib

Lahore: Around 3000 Sikh pilgrims from India and 1000 from other European countries arrive here at Nankana Sahib to commence the birth anniversary festival of Guru Nanak, ARY News reported.

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Boundaries can split land into two countries but it can’t divide the dwellers. Although Jerusalem is in Israel’s capture now but Muslim around the world can’t accept the fact that their roots in Bait-ul-Muqadas are under Israel possession. Same goes with Sikhism partition has brought two nations on the world map but their roots with Nankana Sahib can’t be alienated.  We can divide lands but we can’t divide hearts.

Sikhism is the youngest religion founded after the birth of Guru Nanak in 15th century in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi now known as Nankana Sahib in Pakistan. Since then Sikh all around the world celebrates the birthday of first Sikh Guru Guru Nanak. Sikhs from different parts of the world come to Pakistan during this time of the year to commence the most sacred festival of Sikhism.

Partition of sub-continent has given the birth place of Sikhs’s first Guru to Pakistan and Pakistani government has always taken strong measures to secure and preserve the Holy place of Sikhism. This time also some 4000 Sikhs have arrived here in connection with the birth anniversary Guru Nanak. Special trains have arrived and also will be provided to pilgrims to go to other Holy places like Panja Hassan Abdal near Rawalpindi. Pakistani government has taken extraordinary measures as the anniversary has fallen in the Holy month of Muharram. Rangers have been called in for security measures.

The pilgrims every year organize different rallies and perform their traditional and religious rituals during their stay in Nankana Sahib. Guru Nanak introduced the idea of Langar that is communal lunch as he believed in equal rights irrespective of caste, class and creed.  In that regard every year the volunteers of Gurudwaras and even local Muslims arrange free Langar for pilgrims in the spirit of service and devotion.

The Evacuee Trust Property Board and Pakistan Gurdwara Parbhandik Committee officials received the Indian pilgrims at Wagah Border despite the terrorist attacked faced on Pakistani side of Wagah border security measures were satisfactory. Pakistani people and government welcomed Indian pilgrims wholeheartedly.

The pilgrims will be leaving on 13th November after performing all the rituals.

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Sikh to celebrate 546th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak at Nankana Sahib

by Hira