Sikhs from across celebrates Baisakhi at Gurdwara Panja Sahib

Sikh pilgrims gather at the Gurdwara Panja Sahib, one of Sikhism's most holy places, during the Vaisakhi festival in Hasan Abdal, about 48 kms from Rawalpindi, on April 14, 2015. Vaisakhi - also known as Baisakhi - celebrates the founding of the Sikh community known as the Khalsa. AFP PHOTO / Farooq NAEEM

Baisakhi — the birth of Khalsa is celebrated among the Sikhs living around the globe and those from various cities of Pakistan are converging at Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hasanabdal.

According to, Radesh Singh, president, Sikh Committee of Pakistan, who is leading a jatha ( a group of pilgrims) of Sikhs from Peshawar to Gurdwara Hasan Abadal, was quoted saying that;

“We will offer thanksgiving prayers to the almighty and seek well-being of the community,” he said. Recently, Sikhs of Pakistan took the legal recourse and won right to be included as a separate religion and counted under “Sikh” religion in the 2017 Census form. Earlier, they were counted under the “others” column.

Various Sikh jathas left for Pakistan from India to celebrate Baisakhi. Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) sent a jatha to Pakistan via Attari border under the leadership of its executive committee member Balwinder Singh.
Meanwhile, ETPB chairman Farooq, deputy secretary Faraz Abbas and Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSPGPC) president Tara Singh received the pilgrims at Wagah border.

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