India-pakistan celebrates Guru Nanak dev Ji’s 550th birth anniversary together.
ਅਵਲਿ ਅਲਹ ਨੂਰੁ ਉਪਾਇਆ ਕੁਦਰਤਿ ਕੇ ਸਭ ਬੰਦੇ ॥ ਏਕ ਨੂਰ ਤੇ ਸਭੁ ਜਗੁ ਉਪਜਿਆ ਕਉਨ ਭਲੇ ਕੋ ਮੰਦੇ ॥
Aval allah noor upaya kudrat ke sabh bande, Ek noor tey sabh jag upjya kaun bhaley kon mandey.
All the people are the people of God, Guru Nanak makes all the castes one caste of man! The rich and the poor combine in one brotherhood.Nanak the Master, sowed the seed of Nam in the hearts of men : And the fields are ripe with the golden corn. The harvests shall come and the harvests shall pass. But the seed is of God and is growing !
The Kartarpur Corridor will connect the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur, just 4 kilometres from the International Border, located at Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province.PM Imran khan also 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 two countries have decided that 5,000 pilgrims can visit the shrine every day and that additional pilgrims will be allowed on special occasions, subject to capacity expansion of facilities by the Pakistani side.
The Gurdwara Janamasthan Nankana Sahib was built at the site where the Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born. The year 2019 marks the 550th birth anniversary year of the Sikhism founder.Indian Sikh pilgrims visiting the Kartarpur Sahib will need a passport to use the Kartarpur Corridor.The Kartarpur Corridor was first proposed in early 1999 by the prime ministers of India and Pakistan, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharif, respectively, as part of the Delhi–Lahore Bus diplomacy.The Kartarpur corridor, opened on November 9, links the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan–the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev Ji–with Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur of Indian Punjab.
“Peace and harmony is the only way forward to ensure a prosperous future. The Kartarpur model may be replicated in future too for lasting resolution of conflicts,” the former PM of India Dr. Manmohan Singh said Dr. Manmohan Singh also appealed to take forward the message of mutual love and respect propagated by the Guru to ensure an equitable society.”Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s eternal message of oneness of god, religious tolerance and peace can pave the way to end sectarian violence”, Dr Singh said, adding that it was the biggest challenge faced by the world.”Punjab is Guru Nanak Devji’s karmabhoomi. How will we keep Guru Nanak Devji’s legacy alive if its youth is wasted with drugs, water is becoming poisonous and women are being disrespected. It is the most crucial question on his 550th birth anniversary,” the former PM added.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan shared some of the pictures of the Kartarpur complex and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, saying the revered venue is ready to welcome the Sikhs pilgrims.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced that Sikh pilgrims from India would only need a valid ID and not a passport to travel to Kartarpur and no fee would be charged from them on the opening day of the Corridor and on Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary.
For Sikhs coming for pilgrimage to Kartarpur from India, I have waived off 2 requirements: i) they wont need a passport – just a valid ID; ii) they no longer have to register 10 days in advance. Also, no fee will be charged on day of inauguration & on Guruji's 550th birthday
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 1, 2019
For Sikhs coming for pilgrimage to Kartarpur from India, I have waived off two requirements: i) they won’t need a passport-just a valid ID; ii)they no longer have to register 10 days in advance. Also, no fee to be charged on day of inauguration and on Guruji’s 550th birthday,” Khan tweeted.
The agreement will allow 5,000 Indian pilgrims daily to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib where Guru Nanak spent last 18 years of his life so Indian pilgrims of all faiths and persons of Indian origin can use the corridor and the travel will be visa-free. Each visitor would be required to pay USD 20 as fee, though India has requested Pakistan not to charge the Indian pilgrims.
“The Sikhs coming from the US, Canada and the European countries have been issued visit visa for Lahore. There are security problems with their uncoordinated visits to their holy places. That is why the tour operators have been asked to take NoC to the travel of foreign Sikhs here,” an official said.
Sikh pilgrims have started coming at the Nankana Sahib from India and other countries in connect.
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.
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