Celebrations have taken place in India and Pakistan to mark the 550th anniversary of the start of Guru Nanak sahib – the founding father of Sikhism.
The anniversary comes just some days after the historic opening of the Kartarpur hall, which permits Indians entry to one in every of Sikhism’s holiest shrines in Pakistan with out having to use for a visa.
Tensions between the neighbors have made it tough for Indian pilgrims to go to the location in Pakistan lately. However an settlement reached final month permits Indians to make the 4km (2.5-mile) crossing to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur – the place Guru Nanak spent the final 18 years of his life.
On Tuesday, Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan gathered at Nankana Sahib, the start place of Guru Nanak, which is about 80km (50 miles) from town of Lahore.
Giant numbers of devotees, together with girls, took half within the spiritual rituals.
The auspicious day for Sikhs was additionally marked in India, the place Guru Nanak’s start anniversary is an annual public vacation.
Sikh devotees gathered in enormous numbers on the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara within the capital Delhi.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on the event, saying it was “a day to rededicate ourselves” to Guru Nanak’s “dream of a simply, inclusive and harmonious society”.
Although Guru Nanak’s anniversary is a crucial occasion for Sikhs yearly, this time the celebrations have been extra particular because of the opening of the Kartarpur hall.
Devotees from the world over go to the Kartarpur shrine yearly to commemorate his start. Indian Sikhs will now have the ability to go to with simply their passports, however they won’t be allowed to depart the location or keep in a single day.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, in north-western India, is the holiest Gurdwara (the place Sikhs worship). On the eve of the anniversary, it was lit as much as host processions as Sikh worshippers took half within the three-day celebration of Guru Nanak’s start.
On the primary day of the celebrations, Sikhs learn the Sikh holy ebook – the Guru Granth Sahib – from starting to finish.
As is the custom on the second day, the holy ebook was paraded via the streets of Amritsar on Monday in a hand-held carriage.
The procession was led by 5 individuals representing the unique Panj Pyare – the 5 Beloved Ones – who helped form the faith.
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