The government of Pakistan should take a well-deserved pat on its back over the timely completion of the world’s biggest Gurdawara (Sikh shrine), which is certainly not an easy feat to achieve in a short time.
The construction of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib and Kartarpur Corridor was completed in a record period of eleven months. Now it is all ready to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan on November 9.
The Gurdwara Darbar Sahib or the biggest yet Sikh shrine of the world stretches over four acres of land while acres of land around it has been cultivated for gardens/farms.
A gold-made ‘palki’, brought by Sikh pilgrims from India, was installed here by Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar.
The Kartarpur Corridor agreement will allow for up to 5,000 pilgrims a day to cross the secure corridor and bridge between the two countries, leading directly to the grave of Baba Guru Nanak.
In the months leading up to the opening, hundreds of labourers were employed to spruce up the shrine, including building a border immigration checkpoint and a bridge, as well as expanding the sites grounds.
The opening comes just days ahead of the Guru Nanak's 550th birthday on November 12, which is marked with celebrations by millions of Sikhs around the world.
The Sikh faith began in the 15th century in the city of Lahore when Guru Nanak began teaching the faith that preaches equality.