Sikhs observe 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak
NANKANA SAHIB – The Sikh community on Tuesday is observing 550th birth anniversary of spiritual leader Baba Guru Nanak – the founder of Sikhism who died in the 16th Century.
The main ceremony to pay respect to Baba Guru Nanak will be held at Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib.
Reportedly, several federal ministers will join Sikh devotees and followers from all over the world in the ceremony.
Meanwhile, foolproof security arrangements have been made to avoid any untoward incident.
SBP issues commemorative coin
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has issued commemorative coin worth Rs550 to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.
One side of the coin has the image of Janam Asthan Nankana Sahib, while the other side of the coin is engraved with the words of ‘Islamic Republic of Pakistan’.
Earlier, the government also issued commemorative postage stamps to mark the birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak. With the image of Gurdwara Janam Asthan and worth Rs8, the stamps can be used commonly.
Under the approval from Prime Minister Imran Khan, Minister for Postal Services Murad Saeed had directed the Pakistan Post to issue stamps.
The Pakistan Post will establish a post office at Kartarpur complex to facilitate Sikh pilgrims. Another post office will also be opened in Nankana Sahib.
Moreover, these stamps will be provided in 192 member countries of Universal Postal Union.
As part of the celebration, Prime Minister Imran Khan formally inaugurated the Kartarpur Corridor on Nov. 9, thereby allowing Indian pilgrims to travel across the border without visas between the Indian town of Dera Baba Nanak and the Sri Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, Guru Nanak’s final resting place, about 6km (4 miles) away in Pakistan.
Since then, the city of Nankana Sahib has been transformed as thousands of Sikhs and other devotees of Guru Nanak have descended upon it to celebrate his birth anniversary.
They have come from across Pakistan, the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Canada, but the majority has arrived from neighbouring India.
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, in his message on the occasion, said the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor has rejuvenated the joys of Sikh community and it is another historic step of the PTI government for promotion of religious harmony.
Buzdar congratulated the Sikh community on the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.
He said the birthday of Baba Guru Nanak is a festival of joy and religious fervour.
“Baba Guru Nanak is the best example of religious tolerance and inter-faith harmony,” he said, adding he promoted the message of brotherhood and the government welcomes the Sikh community coming to the Punjab province for attending the birthday celebrations.
He said the Sikhs would enjoy complete freedom in practicing their faith in Pakistan.
Buzdar said that special attention was being paid to the maintenance, renovation and security of Sikh community’s worship places.