Kartarpur Corridor reopens for pilgrims today: History of Gurdwara and Facts

Guru Purab will be celebrated on 19 November 2021 (Friday), Centre announced to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib corridor from 17 November and said that it will benefit a large number of Sikh pilgrims. Check here for more details.
Kartarpur Corridor
Kartarpur Corridor

Kartarpur Corridor: Ahead of Guru Purab, the Centre announced to reopen the Kartarpur corridor that connects Sikh shrines in India and Pakistan from today (17 November). Now, the movement from India to Pakistan through the corridor will begin.

Union Minister Amit Shah tweeted"This decision reflects the immense reverence of Modi govt towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and our Sikh community.” The decision has been taken while keeping in view "the improved COVID-19 situation."  Pakistan, last week urged India to reopen the corridor and allow Sikh pilgrims to visit for the celebrations of Guru Nanak's birth anniversary.

Charanjit Singh Channi, Chief Minister of Punjab, announced that the entire Cabinet will visit Kartarpur Sahib on 18 November as a part of the first delegation after the reopening of the corridor. 

About Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara

 Kartarpur Sahib was established by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the Sikh Guru in 1522. On 22 September 1539 Gurunanak Dev Ji took the last breath in this gurdwara and spend around 18 years of his life.

The Gurdwara was washed away by floods of the river Ravi (Rabi) and the present Gurdwara was established by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Kartarpur Sahib is located in the Narowal district of Pakistan. It is three to four kilometres away from Dera Baba Nanak in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab, India, and about 120 km from Lahore.

The langar was first started in Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara by Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The Langar tradition is also known as ‘Guru ka Langar’, the Gurus Kitchen. Whoever came here, Guru Nanak Dev Ji did not allow him to go without eating.

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Some facts about Kartarpur Corridor

1. Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is located on the bank of river Ravi (Rabi) in Pakistan.

2. The foundation stone was laid in Gurdaspur on 26 November, 2018 and marks the initiation of the Kartarpur Corridor. Further, on 28 November 2018 in Pakistan, the foundation stone was laid down. 

3. The 4.10 km approx long Highway connects Dera Baba Nanak from Gurdaspur-Amritsar Highway to the International border.

4. In 1999, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee proposed to build the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for the first time when he travelled by bus to Lahore.

5. According to currently enforced Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs), an outdoor gathering of a maximum of 300 individuals is allowed in Pakistan with strict COVID-19 protocols.

How were Indian devotees able to visit or see Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara?

At the time of the partition of India-Pakistan, gurdwara moved to Pakistan, so citizens of India need a visa to visit Kartarpur Sahib. Those who are not able to go to Pakistan, see with the help of binoculars in the Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Sidh Saun Randhawa located at Dera Baba Nanak on the Indian border. Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is visible from the border towards India. In Pakistan, the government takes care that the grass does not accumulate around this gurdwara, they keep cutting and pruning around it so that it can be seen well from India and there is no problem for the devotees.

So, we can say that Kartarpur Corridor is a historic move by the Indian and Pakistan governments for the devotees to visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara situated in Pakistan.

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