Nearly 140 Sikh devotees on way to Gurudwara Nankana Sahib in Lahore on Monday crossed over to Pakistan by the Samjhauta Express.
Gurdwara Nankana Sahib is the birth place of founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev. The group of Sikh pilgrims was led by Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Member Chintan Singh.
In a release issued here, the SGPC said that it was for the first time that a group of Sikh devotees went to Pakistan in the month of February to visit Gurdwara Nankana Sahib with the special permission of Ministry of Home Affairs of both the nations.
Earlier devotees went to Pakistan four times a year. However, now they would go five times with the fresh permission granted by the governments of both nations.
During their stay in Pakistan, the pilgrims would pay obeisance at numerous Sikh shrines located in different provinces.
They would return to India through Samjhauta Express on February 23.