A gurdwara dating back 500 years in Sialkot in Pakistan’s Punjab province has now opened its doors for Sikh pilgrims from India, a media report said.
33rd Governor of Punjab, Muhammad Sarwar directed the province’s Auqaf department to include Sikh pilgrims from India to the list, so they can they can now pay their respect at the holy site, claimed reports.
However, Indian pilgrims were not permitted to visit the gurdwara, whereas pilgrims from Pakistan, Europe, Canada and the US were allowed to visit the Babe-de-Ber gurdwara, which is situated in Sialkot city.
Sialkot is an ancient town now in Pakistan, which was visited by Guru Nanak Dev Ji more than once during his travels across the country.
GURDWARA BABE DI BER marks the site where Guru Nanak had stayed under a ber tree, still preserved, at the time of his first visit to the town.
Every year, thousands of Indian Sikh devotees visit Pakistan on the martyrdom of Guruwar Jin Devji, the birth and death anniversaries of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak and the first of the 10 Sikh Gurus as well as the the Besakhi festival and the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
According to the Sikh tradition, when Guru Nanak arrived in Sialkot from Kashmir in the 16th century and he stayed under the tree of Beri.
After that, Sardar Natha Singh then built a gurdwara in his remembrance at the site, the report added.
The Kartarpur corridor is expected to provide visa-free access to Indian Sikh pilgrims in Kartarpur Sahib.