STORY: Indian Sikh pilgrims, who had gone to Pakistan to mark the 548th birth anniversary of founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev, returned on Saturday (November 11).
The pilgrims were part of a group of 900 people who had gone to Nankana Sahib Gurdwara or Sikh temple in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
During the visit, the pilgrims paid respect at various ‘Gurudwara’ or Sikh temples to mark the celebrations.
The returnees fondly recalled the warm hospitality of Pakistan and demanded that youngsters and children, and not just the elderly, be granted visas.
Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru, was born in Nankana Sahib on the full moon day in 1469 in the ‘Kartik’ month of the Hindu calendar. His birthday is celebrated as ‘Guru Nanak Jayanti’.
Sikhism was founded in the 15th century in the Punjab, an area straddling the border between Pakistan and India, by Guru Nanak and has had 10 successive gurus. Punjab is the only area in the world with a majority Sikh population.