NEW DELHI :
‘Nagar Kirtan’ would be crossing over to Pakistan on Oct 31 through Wagah border
A GROUP of Sikh devotees from India, part of a religious procession, on Monday started off their spiritual journey from Delhi to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, the birthplace of founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev, the High Commission here said. The‘Nagar Kirtan’ (procession) is led by Sardar Paramjit Singh Sarna, the former president of the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC), and includes representatives from different sections of the Sikh community in India, the Pakistan High Commission said in a statement.
On Monday morning, the procession was sent off by several dignitaries, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, it said. Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Syed Haider Shah also attended the send-off ceremony as a special guest, the statement added. The‘Nagar Kirtan’ via Ludhiana and Amritsar would be crossing over to Pakistan on October 31 through the Wagah border, the High Commission said. “Today, a religious procession (‘Nagar Kirtan’) of Sikh devotees from India started off their spiritual journey from New Delhi to the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev, founder of the Sikh religion, in Nankana Sahib, a sacred city in Pakistan,” the statement said.
This ‘Nagar Kirtan’ from India is being welcomed by Pakistan as a special gesture this year on the auspicious occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, it added. “Around 1,300 visas issued for the ‘Nagar Kirtan are over and above the ‘jatha’ covered under the‘Protocol onVisits to Religious Shrines 1974’ between Pakistan and India,” the statement said. In accordance with the historic initiative of Prime Minister Imran Khan to open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, to be inaugurated on November 9, for Sikhs and other ‘Naamlevas’ of Guru Nanak Dev, Pakistan has facilitated visits of a number of Sikh ‘jathas’ not only from India but across the globe, it said. The Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) with the support of the Government of Pakistan has prepared a detailed programme, spanning over a week, for the visiting devotees for performing different religious rituals at holy Sikh gurudwaras in Pakistan, particularly Nankana Sahib and Kartarpur Sahib.
AI’s Boeing carries ‘Ik Onkar’ symbol
AIR India has painted the Sikh religious symbol ‘Ik Onkar’ on the tail of one of its aircraft, in a unique gesture to mark Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birth anniversary celebrations. ‘Ik Onkar’ symbol is a central tenet of Sikh religious philosophy. The gesture is unique as the national carrier has never depicted any religious symbol on its planes, though in a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary earlier this month, it had painted an image of the Father of Nation on the tail of one of its Airbus A320 aircraft flying on Delhi Mumbai route.
The national carrier has put the symbol on its Boeing 787 aircraft which will fly on October 31 from Amritsar to Stansted, UUK. “Heartwarming to see ‘Ik Onkar’ painted on the tail of @airindiain’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner as part of the historic celebrations on the #550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak dev Ji,” Punjab CM Amarinder Singh tweeted.