Tribune News Service
Amritsar, April 12
A jatha comprising 815 pilgrims below totally different banners on Monday left for Pakistan on the event of Khalsa Sajna Divas (Baisakhi) by means of Attari-Wagah Joint Check Post.
The major occasion has been scheduled at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hasan Abdal on April 14.
The Pakistan High Commission had issued visa to 1,100 pilgrims for the event. In the wake of the Covid menace, the National Command Operation Centre of Pakistan has put a ban on massive spiritual gatherings. The Pak Sikh households have been informed to keep away from their bodily presence at Gurdwara Sri Panja Sahib.
Many Indian pilgrims too have been disillusioned after they have been denied visa by the Ministry of External Affairs. SGPC had submitted 793 purposes out of which 437 bought visa.
As per protocol within the wake of the pandemic, all of them underwent Covid testing 72 hours earlier than their departure. SGPC government committee member Baba Charanjit Singh Jassowal, secretary Mahinder Singh Ahli, and SGPC officers flagged off the jatha after honouring members with siropas (gown of honour). The jatha was led by its member Harpal Singh Jallah, assisted by his colleague Gurmeet Singh Booh and Amarjit Singh Bhalaipur.
SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur informed that for the gurdwaras in Pakistan, the Santhiya Sanchis (lesson volumes) of Gurbani, kakaars (5 symbols of Sikh religion) for Amrit Sanchar in addition to cholas (conventional Sikh apparel), khandas, harmonium units, turbans, loyis (woolen shawls), and so on. have additionally been despatched.
Once they crossed over to Wagah border, the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) president Satwant Singh and different office-bearers and members obtained them warmly and provided them ‘langar’. Later, after furnishing formalities, they have been ferried on to Gurdwara Panja Sahib by means of particular buses.
Satwant Singh stated that with precautionary measures the event could be celebrated with spiritual zeal and enthusiasm.
“Elaborate preparations for their keep as per customary operative process (SOP) pointers, holding social distancing, sanitisation, and correct hygiene, have been made. The Pakistan Sikh households have been conveyed to cooperate and have fun the occasion of their properties in order that the Indian Sikh pilgrims might be attended correctly”, he stated.
Other Sikh shrines on the itinerary
If every thing goes based on the plans, the pilgrims may have a chance to go to different Sikh shrines throughout the 10-day journey. From Gurdwara Panja Sahib, they’ll go to Nankana Sahib on April 14. The jatha will go to Gurdwara Sacha Sauda, Sheikhupura, on April 16, Gurdwara Dehra Sahib, Lahore, from April 17-18, Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib on April 19, the place it is going to have night time keep. The jatha can even go to Gurdwara Rori Sahib on April 20 and Gurdwara Dehra Sahib, Lahore, on April 21, earlier than returning on April 22.