Posted by: Singh Is King | Thursday, December 6, 2007

1,400 Sikh pilgrims reach Lahore

Sikh Pilgrims journey to Pakistan Lahore: The first special train carrying 1,400 Sikh pilgrims arrived at Wahga here on Wednesday in connection with birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak.

The celebrations would be held at Nankana Sahib. Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) chairman Lt-Gen Zulfiqar Ali Khan (retired), Additional Secretary (Shrines) Muhammad Siddique Khurram and other officials welcomed the Sikh pilgrims. Thousands of Sikh pilgrims from across the globe including India have started thronging the cities of Lahore, Nankana Sahib and Hassan Abdal to participate in the birthday celebrations of their great Guru Nanak Sahib, on Wednesday.Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and Evacuee Trust Property Board officials received thousands of Sikh pilgrims at Wahga Railway Station as around 4,000 of them were due to visit the country in three special trains from India to Pakistan.

Fourteen hundred pilgrims reached the country on Wednesday evening abroad the first train that was then directed towards Nankana Sahib. The main event of birthday celebrations would take place on November 22 (Thursday).

The Sikh visitors were received amid tight security arrangements while Government Pakistan had established special counters to facilitate the visitors. While Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chairman Sardar Bhishon Singh, ETPB chairman Lt-Gen Zulfiqar Khan (retired), Secretary Shrines Siddique Khurram, Additional Secretary Faraz Abbas and Ali Raghab, Sardar Sham Singh, Sardar Soran Singh and others received the pilgrims at the station. All the three trains reached the destination by Wednesday night while they were sent to the city of Nankana Sahib through the special internal trains afterwards. The visitors would conduct their religious ritual called Nagar Kirthen from today (Thursday) and they would visit eight sacred gurdwaras and the main Gurdwara of Guru Nanak Sahib. The pilgrims would then join the main ceremony of the event called Palki Sahib at the Main Gurdwara Baba Nanak Ji on November 24. The Parbandhak Committee, ETPB and health department have arranged special medical camps manned by around a dozen senior doctors and paramedics to handle the health related problems of the pilgrims visiting one of the most colourful and crowded event in the country.

The Sikh visitors would then leave for their other religious sites including Panja Sahib at Hassan Abdal and Sacha Soda, Dera Sahib and would depart by November 29.


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