Pak. to safeguard land tilled by Guru Nanak
24, Mar 2019
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The Pakistan government has decided to keep 30 acres of land around the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara free of construction.
Gurudwara Darbar Sahib
- It is 16th century Gurdwara located on the banks of the river Ravi in Shakargarh in Narowal district of Punjab province of Pakistan.
- It is located about 3 to 4km from Indo-Pak border in Pakistan in Punjabwas established by the first Sikh Guru in 1522.
- It is important for Sikhs as Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism and its first guru had assembled Sikh community and lived for 18 years until his death in 1539.
- It will road link that will connect India’s border district of Gurdaspur with historic Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.
- It purpose to let Sikh pilgrims visit holy shrine without visa and to help them walk across and come back without having to secure visa.
- Indian side of corridor will start from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district and extends upto International border between India and Pakistan.
- The corridor will be developed by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and will be funded by the Union Government.
- The project corridor is 4 lanes with service road and will encompass all other appropriate amenities needed by pilgrims while visiting the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan.
- It will help to boost tourism and people to people contact between both countries as more pilgrims will visit holy shrine throughout the year between two countries.
Guru Nanak Dev – Guru from 1469 to 1539
- Guru Nanak Dev, first of the 10 gurus, founded the Sikh faith, introducing the concept of one God.
- He started the institution of Guru Ka Langar. Langar is the term in the Sikh religion refers to the common kitchen where food is served to everyone without any discrimination.
- He emphasized the equality of women and rejected the path of renunciation and he rejected the authority of the Vedas.
- He was the contemporary of Mughal emperor – Babur.