Pilgrimage is very common to most major religions of the world. The Sikhs, in their thousands, visit Pakistan each year to celebrate the birth anniversary of their founder, Guru Nanak, at Nankana Sahib, his birthplace. Our website is a source of information for most of the Sikh shrines in Pakistan connected with the founding Guru. It is hoped that it will serve as an effective guide to assist and encourage prospective pilgrims to visit these shrines.
For non-Sikhs and students of comparative religions, this site will provide readily available a brief information as an introduction to the Sikh faith and its philosophy. But above all, it will provide to everyone, Guru Nanak’s universal message of love, peace and brotherhood, and the emphasis on the worship of one God.
Because of improvement in Pak-India relationship (especially by increase of no of Sikh pilgrims), now the yatra groups, chanting religious hymns, are entered Pakistan at the Wahgahborder (crossing point between two Punjabs) with high spirit. The pilgrims are accorded a guard of honor and welcomed by representatives of the Pakistani Sikh community.It is the first time since partition in 1947 that such processions of Sikhs are being granted entry by Pakistan government.The group is carrying with them the sacred Sikh religious book, Guru Granth Sahib, in a gold palanquin, placed in a specially constructed carriage.Devout Sikhs believe the journey is the fulfillment of a life-long prayer.The pilgrimage is culminated in a special ceremony at Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak, near Lahore.
The cycle of Sikh Pilgrimage is not ended with the celebration of birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak DevJi, but as a matter of fact it goes round the year. The Sikh communities settled in western countries that have no visa problems keep coming to visit the holy Shrines of Sikh religion throughout the year, so there is no end of Sikh pilgrimage to Pakistan. Let us pray for further improvement of visa regime by both countries and then one can expect the millions of Sikh pilgrims to Pakistan in just a one year span of time.
Pakistan folk feel proud to host the Sikh pilgrims from all over the world. As far as security is concerned I don’t think that a Sikh should travel as a stranger in this part of world, however the state provide the security to all respected pilgrims wherever they feel it is essential.