Baisakhi Mela 2024: Pakistan Welcomes Thousands of Sikh Pilgrims with Open Arms

As the season of harvest ushers in new beginnings, the historical bond between Pakistan and its neighbor is once again celebrated with the arrival of nearly 3,000 Sikh pilgrims from India for the annual Baisakhi Mel. Embracing the spirit of interfaith harmony, Pakistan has opened its arms to these pilgrims, who crossed the Wagah border with hearts full of devotion and eyes set on the sacred sites that await them.

The Evacuee Trust Property Board and the Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee have extended a warm welcome to the yatrees, ensuring that their spiritual journey is both comfortable and memorable. The main event at Hasan Abdal is a highlight of their visit, where the echoes of prayers and hymns will resonate at Gurdwara Panja Sahib.

In Nankana Sahib, the air is filled with anticipation as preparations for the Baisakhi Mela are in full swing. From April 15 to April 17, the city will be a hub of cultural and religious festivities, drawing Sikh pilgrims not just from India but also from Canada, the UK, and other parts of the globe. The district administration has left no stone unturned, providing comprehensive arrangements including transportation, accommodation, security, medical facilities, and the traditional langar.

The Provincial Minister for Minority Affairs, Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora, has expressed his gratitude for the hospitality shown by Pakistan. He highlighted the importance of facilitating the pilgrims’ journey, which is a reflection of the shared cultural heritage and respect for religious diversity. The issuance of visas to around 3,000 Indian Sikhs for the Baisakhi festival is a testament to this commitment.

As the pilgrims pay homage at revered sites like Nankana Sahib and Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, they will also witness a special visit by Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur. This visit underscores the significance of these sites not only to the Sikh community but also to the people of Pakistan.

The call for greater connectivity resonates with Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora’s urge for India to allow Sikh pilgrims to travel by train from their country to Pakistan, further strengthening the bonds of friendship and understanding between the two nations.

As the Baisakhi celebrations approach, the Sikh pilgrims’ presence in Pakistan is more than just a pilgrimage; it is a vibrant display of shared history and mutual respect. It is a reminder that despite borders, humanity and faith know no boundaries.

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