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India to celebrate 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji

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India to celebrate 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji

Government of India will celebrate the 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji, the founder of Sikhism, during the year 2019 in a grand and befitting manner. Guru Nanak Devji's teachings of love, peace, equality and brotherhood have eternal value. Events to mark the celebration will be held both in India and across the world. The significant decisions taken by the Government in this regard are the following:-

Development of Kartarpur Sahib corridor:

The Government has approved the building and development of the ‘Kartarpur Corridor’ from Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the international border to facilitate pilgrims from India to visit the holy Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan, where Shri Guru Nanak Devji spent the last 18 years of his life. Pilgrims would then be able to visit the holy shrine throughout the year.

The Kartarpur corridor will be implemented as an integrated development project with Government of India funding, to provide smooth and easy passage of pilgrims. Government of Pakistan will be urged to recognize the sentiments of the Sikh community and to develop a corridor with suitable facilities in their territory as well.

Development of Sultanpur Lodhi:

The historic town of Sultanpur Lodhi, associated with the life of Shri Guru Nanak Devji, shall be developed as a heritage town and on the Smart City principles, including energy efficiency, to highlight Shri Guru Nanak Devji's emphasis on sustainability and reverence for nature. As a major attraction for pilgrims and tourists, a heritage complex at Sultanpur Lodhi, "Pind Babe Nanak da" will be established to depict life in the times of Shri Guru Nanak Devji. Sultanpur Lodhi railway station will be upgraded and developed with all the modern amenities.

 Centre for inter faith studies and Chairs in foreign Universities:

A centre for inter faith studies will be set up at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Chairs on Shri Guru Nanak Devji will be set up in one University each in UK and Canada. An International seminar on the life and teachings of Shri Guru Nanak Devji will be organised in New Delhi.

Celebrations throughout the country and globally:

States/Union Territories will also be requested to celebrate 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji in a befitting manner. Indian missions overseas will organize special events on the occasion.

Commemorative coin and stamps:

Commemorative coin and postage stamps will be released by the Government of India to mark this momentous occasion.

Religious activities and publications:

Religious activities will be organised throughout the country. Doordarshan will telecast programmes on Shri Guru Nanak Devji and the Gurbani. National Book Trust will publish Gurbani in different Indian languages. UNESCO will be requested to publish Shri Guru Nanak Devji's writings in world languages.

Special train for pilgrims:

Ministry of Railways will run a train passing through the various holy places associated with Shri Guru Nanak Devji, for pilgrims and tourists.

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