Binocular darshan of Pak gurdwara
Queues have become longer at the darshan sthal near the international border in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district as pilgims converge to catch a glimpse of one of the holiest Sikh shrines — Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, situated 4.5km away in Pakistan’s Narowal district.
The increase in footfalls follows reports that the Pakistan government is planning to allow “visa-free direct access” to Kartarpur Sa- hib for Indian Sikh pilgrims.
For now, a glimpse is all the pilgrims get from the viewing point. On a clear day, devotees can see the white painted structure and dome from the darshan sthal, constructed by the BSF in 2008, a little short of the border fence. A pair of binoculars, tightly secured in an iron case, comes in handy for a better view. The devotees fold their hands, recite prayers and bow in reverence.
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Navjot Sidhu views Kartarpur Sahib from the darshan sthal