Over 800 Indian Sikhs arrived successful Pakistan's Lahore connected Monday to be the 10-day harvest festival of 'vaisakhi' astatine a 16th Century gurudwara successful Punjab province, among different historically important shrines successful the country.
Also known arsenic 'baisakhi', 'vaisakhi' is simply a outpouring play harvest festival for Sikhs and Hindus. It marks the Sikh caller twelvemonth and commemorates the enactment of Khalsa panth (saint-warriors) nether Guru Gobind Singh successful 1699.
Officials of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) and the Sikh Gurdwara Parbhandhik Committee greeted the pilgrims astatine the Wagah border.
The EPTB is simply a statutory committee that manages spiritual properties and shrines of Hindus and Sikhs who had migrated to India pursuing the partition.
"A full of 815 Sikh 'yatrees' arrived from India via Wagah borderline connected Monday to be 'baisaki' rituals astatine Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hassan Abdal,” ETPB spokesperson Amir Hashmi told PTI.
He said the 'yatrees' were served with langar (food) arsenic per Sikh contented astatine the Wagah border.
Gurdwara Panja Sahib successful Hassan Abdal, astir 350 km from Punjab state superior Lahore, is believed to person the handprint of laminitis of Sikhism, Guru Nanak.
“After indispensable migration clearance, they were taken to Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hassan Abdal by bus. Main relation volition beryllium held astatine Panja Sahib connected April 14. They volition beryllium taken to each important and humanities Gurdwaras successful Pakistan during their 10-day enactment and volition instrumentality to India connected April 22,” Hashmi said.
The Pakistan High Commission successful New Delhi had issued visas to implicit 1,100 Sikh pilgrims successful transportation with the 'vaisakhi' festival.
Under the model of the Pakistan-India Protocol connected Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, galore pilgrims from India sojourn Pakistan to observe assorted spiritual festivals and occasions each year.