350 Sikhs reach Pakistan for Ranjit Singh's death anniversary
Around 350 Sikh pilgrims from India arrived in Pakistan by a special train to observe the 173rd death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.chandigarh Updated: Jun 22, 2012 18:31 IST
Around 350 Sikh pilgrims from India arrived in Pakistan by a special train to observe the 173rd death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
The Sikhs left for Gurdwara Janamasthan in Nankana Sahib by train after reaching Lahore on Thursday, The News International reported on Friday.
They will go to Hassan Abdal on June 23 to visit Gurdwara Punja Sahib. They will also visit Gurdwara Rori Sahib in Aimanabad.
The pilgrims will reach Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore on June 26 to perform rituals for the death anniversary, the report said.
The programme will continue till June 30, and the pilgrims will leave for India the same day.
Ranjit Singh ruled the undivided Punjab province from 1799 to 1839. He is revered as a hero by the Sikhs.
Gurdwara Rori Sahib marks the site where Guru Nanak, after the destruction of Aimanabad town by Babur, lay on a hard bed of pebbles, according to the Sikhi Wiki website.
Gurdwara Punja Sahib is situated at Hasan Abdal, 48 km from Rawalpindi. It has a rock believed to have the handprint of Guru Nanak imprinted on it.