Saturday, 26 November 2011

Gurdwara Babe Di Ber to reopen

The Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board (PETPB) will open Gurdwara Babe de Ber for Sikh pilgrims visiting Pakistan on religious occasions.

 Sayed Asif Hashm

Former president and executive committee member of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Harvinder Singh Sarna said on Thursday that the announcement was made by PETPB's visiting chairman Sayed Asif Hashmi on the occasion of martyrdom anniversary of Guru Teg Bahadur at Gurdwara Sis Ganj, Delhi.

Hashmi also laid foundation stone of one of the buildings being constructed at Gurdwara Sis Ganj. He would be visiting Amritsar to pay obeisance at Golden Temple on November 28 before crossing over to Pakistan on November 29.

Gurdwara Babe Di Ber is situated near Aik stream along Sialkot-Pasrur road in Pakistan. First Sikh guru Guru Nanak Dev had visited Sialkot and during his visit he had stayed outside the town under a Ber tree.

The building of gurdwara was constructed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

It was with the occupation of this gurdwara by the local Sikh Sangat on October 5, 1920 that the gurdwara reform movement got momentum. There are about 180 historical Sikh gurdwaras in Pakistan while the Pakistan government had opened only a few of them.

Sarna said, Hashmi had informed that they had begun construction of road from Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib up to bank of Ravi river that would eventually join with proposed corridor to be constructed up to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district.

He informed that the PETPB had also begun construction of 300 rooms at Gurdwara Punja Sahib, Hasanabdal for visiting devotees from across the world.

"We are hopeful that the Pakistan government will agree to open other Sikh historical shrines in near future," said Sarna.

Meanwhile, the SGPC observed martyrdom day of Guru Teg Bahadur at Diwan Hall of Gurdwara Manji Sahib. Bhai Kulwinder Singh performed ardas, while hazuri ragi of Golden Temple Bhai Karnail Singh recited kirtan.

Yudhvir Rana, TNN Nov 25, 2011


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