Sikh pilgrims take part in Baisakhi festivities in Pakistan

Sikh pilgrims arrived in Pakistan to commemorate the 319th Baisakhi festival that celebrates and welcomes spring, and marks the harvest of Rabi crops.

Over 6,000 pilgrims made their way to Hasan Abdal’s beautifully preserved Gurdwara Panja Sahib to mark the religious celebrations on Saturday. The shrine holds great significance for Sikhs as it has the imprints of Guru Nanak’s hands on a boulder at the gurdwara, a Dunya NEws report said on Sunday.

During the three-day festival, pilgrims bathed in the shrine’s water, drank water from the springs and paid their respects by reading and touching their foreheads on their holy book – the Guru Granth Sahib.

Many newly-wed couples also came to the shrine. According to the couples, celebrating Baisakhi is the best way to start their lives together.

Sikhs visiting Pakistan said that they were touched by the hospitality of Pakistanis and would pray and hope for peace and prosperity in the country.

 

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