First time after independence: ‘Nagar Kirtan’ with Guru Granth Sahib arrives from Pakistan to India

First time after independence: ‘Nagar Kirtan’ with Guru Granth Sahib arrives from Pakistan to India

Historic moment and a first in 72 years

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For the first time after Independence, the ‘Nagar Kirtan’, which was taken out from Nankana Sahib district of Pakistan’s Punjab province, arrived India to mark the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of the Sikhism founder, Guru Nanak Dev.

The ‘Nagar Kirtan’ began from Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev in Pakistan, and crossed over to India. Near about 500 Sikh devotees who crossed the border carrying the holy Guru Granth Sahib on their head.

The Pakistani authorities had provided a special permission to the Sikh community to take out ‘Nagar Kirtan’, which will culminate at Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala district of Punjab after passing through various cities and towns.

A special red carpet was also laid by the SGPC at Joint Check Post at the Attari border to accord a welcome to the ‘Nagar Kirtan’.

Around 500 kg of flowers were arranged by the SGPC to shower on the ‘Nagar Kirtan’ on the way from Attari to Golden Temple, besides a special ‘langar’ (community kitchen) arrangement has been made for the devotees who will move with the religious procession.

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