Binoc­u­lar dar­shan of Pak gur­d­wara

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Yud­hvir Rana@

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

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