Baisakhi observed in Punja Sahib

Raza Naqvi

Around 8, 00 Sikh pilgrims from India arrived here in the early hours of Wednesday to observe their religious festival- Baisakhi at Gurdwara Panja Sahib amid Covid-19 standing order procedure (SoP).

The Baisakhi festival – celebrated to mark the beginning of a new harvest season – was observed under strict observance of Covid-19 standing order procedure (SoP) as wearing a mask was mandatory for every pilgrim to enter into the Sikh temple.

Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPCP) President Sardar Satwant Singh speaking on this occasion has said that the tradition of celebrating the festival in the subcontinent was centuries old.

He said that special prayers were carried out by the Sikh community for the safety and prosperity of the country in the wake of the novel coronavirus.

Harpal Singh Jalla- leader of Indian Sikh pilgrims contingent speaking on this occasion has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan once again won the hearts of Indian Sikh community by allowing them to participate in Baisakhi Festival at Gurdwara Panja Sahib after a gap of one year.

Deputy Secretary Shrines Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Imran Gondal has said that ETPB and PSGPC made all the arrangements for traveling, accommodation, langer, security and medical assistance to Sikh yatrees to make their stay comfortable.

He said that will visit different Gurdwaras during their stay from 12-22 April 2021, including a one night stay at Kartarpur for the 1st time in history.

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