Amritsar, Nov. 16, 2013 –
A ' jatha' of 774 pilgrims left for Pakistan on Friday to participate in the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev at Nankana Sahib on November 17.
The jatha led by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC) member Balwinder Singh Weipui left in two special trains from Attari.
Earlier, the pilgrims were given a warm send off by SGPC secretary Dalmegh Singh at the SGPC headquarters here.
The jatha will participate in the 'parkash utsav' (birth anniversary celebrations) of the guru at Nankana Sahib on November 17.
Besides this, the pilgrims will also pay obeisance at Panja Sahib, Dera Sahib in Lahore, Sacha Sauda in Sheikupur district, Gurdwara Reri Sahib at Eminabad and at Gurdwara Kartapur Sahib, the place where the guru breathed his last.
The pilgrims will return to India on November 24.
Besides taking the rail route, a couple of families also crossed over to Pakistan through the Attari-Wagah joint road check post for the 'parkash utsav' celebrations.
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