LAHORE: To commemorate the 179th death anniversary of Punjab’s first Sikh ruler, Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, Sikh pilgrims from all over the world will arrive in Pakistan on June 21 to attend the ceremony.
The main ceremony will be held on June 29 atMaharajaa Ranjeet Singh’s tomb. A special train will run to and from India’s Atari railway station to facilitate the devotees. Almost 300 devotees are expected to arrive via Shromni Gordwara Parbandhak committee in Amritsar, Delhi along with others.
Apart from India, Sikh devotees from Canada, UK, Malaysia and other countries will also arrive. They will be given a reception at the Wagah railway station on June 21. The Evacuee Trust Property Board Secretary Tariq Wazir Khan and the leader of Sikh Parbandhak Committee will welcome the arriving devotees.
They will then be taken in a special train to Hasan Abdal, where the devotees will stay for a day before leaving for Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib. They will participate in religious ceremonies there. They will then go to Gurdwara Saccha Sauda Farooqabad on June 25.
The next day, the Sikh devotees will depart for Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore. The devotees will then travel and experience the sights and sounds of the provincial capital on June 27, before leaving for Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartapur, Rohri Sahib in Aimanabad on June 28.
On June 29, they will partake in the main religious ceremony at Gordwara Dera Sahib at Lahore’s Mahraja Ranjeet Singh’s tomb, before heading back on June 30. According to Evacuee Trust Property Board authorities, the Sikh devotees will be provided extra security for the duration of their stay.