Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and other state cabinet ministers reached Dera Baba Nanak, to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan.
The Kartarpur Corridor, which links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district, reopened on November 17. In a significant decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government decided to reopen the Kartarpur corridor from November 17. It was closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The visa-free 4.7-kilometre long corridor joins the Indian border to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. It became operational in 2019.
Pakistan had issued around 3000 visas to Indian Sikh pilgrims on the eve of the 552nd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev from November 17-26.
The move came keeping in view the significance of the upcoming occasion of Guru Nanak Gurpurab and the sentiments associated with the religious festival.
Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanak Gurpurab, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru and is considered one of the most sacred festivals among Sikhs. The day is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kartik month as per the Hindu calendar. It is also marked as Kartik Poornima. This year the day falls on November 19.