More than 220 Indian pilgrims are anticipated to visit Sukkur to attend their religious celebrations; it was announced on Wednesday by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
According to a announcement by the high commission, visas were issued to the Indian pilgrims who desired to attend the 310th birthday celebrations at Shiv Avtari Satguru Sant Shadaram Sahib, scheduled to be held fro 5th to 16th m December 2018 in Sukkur city.
Under the agenda of the Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, a large number of Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from India visit Pakistan every year to observe numerous religious festivals in several areas.
Shadani Darbar Tirth, a 300-years old temple in Sukkur city is a sacred place for Hindu believers from all over the world. It is said commonly that the foundation of the temple was laid at Hayat Pitafi Tehsil, Mirpur Mathelo, Ghotki district in 1786 AD by Sant Shadaram Sahib, who was born in Lahore in 1708 AD.
It was said by the high commission that the issuance of pilgrimage visas was in line with the government’s struggles for promoting visits to religious shrines and people to people exchanges between the two countries.
On 30th November 2018, more than 3,800 Sikh pilgrims returned to India from Pakistan after joining in the 549th birth anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji.