Baisakhi celebrations: Process commences to send 550 pilgrims to Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Pakistan
New Delhi/UNI: The process to send 555 Sikh devotees to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hasan Abdal in Pakistan on April 11 for Baisakhi celebrations, has been initiated, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Manjinder Singh Sirsa said on Thursday.
"The devotees will leave from New Delhi on April 11 and return on April 21", Sirsa said.
DSGMC has asked Sikh devotees, interested in undertaking the pilgrimage, to deposit their passports with them by Feb 15.
Sirsa said that the both Sikhs and Sahajdhari Sikhs who are living here in the National Capital, having valid identity proof like Adhar card, Pan Card etc and having an Indian passport with at least one year validity can deposit their duly filled application in DSGMC office on working days between 0930 hrs to 1730 hrs.
The DSGMC office is located at Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan in Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib Complex, here.
The pilgrims will cross India-Pakistan border at Attari on April 12 and will reach the holy shrine through a special train on the same day and celebrate the festival of Baisakhi for two days on April 13-14.
On April 15, the pilgrims shall leave through a special train to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, Gurdwara Sacha Sauda, Gurdwara Dera Sahib (Lahore), Gurdwara Rori Sahib (Aminabad) and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib (Narowal), Janamsthan Guru Ram Dass Ji, Shahi Kila, Smadhi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh ji and other local Sikh religious places and other heritage sites before returning Amritsar from Lahore on April 21.
Each pilgrim is required to pay a visa processing fees of Rs 200.
This year a total quota of 3000 pilgrims has been allocated from Indian side, out of which state wise quota has been fixed. The Punjab has been allocated maximum quota of 1800 pilgrims followed by Delhi which has been allowed to send 555 pilgrims this time across the border.