Kartarpur corridor Current Affairs - 2020

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2019

The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji, the founder of Sikhism and the first Guru of Sikhs, is celebrated every year on Kartik Purnima as Guru Nanak Jayanti or Guru Parva or Prakashotsav or Prakash Parv. It is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism and is celebrated all over the world. This year Prakash Parv will take place on 12 November and will mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji.

As part of celebrations of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, India and Pakistan inaugurated Kartarpur Corridor for Shri Darbar Sahib on 9 November 2019. Thereby Indian Sikh devotees will for the first time pay obeisance at the feet of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Kartarpur Sahib, Pakistan through the corridor.

Kartarpur Corridor Significance

Guru Nanak Dev had a special attachment with Kartarpur. Thus the gurudwara built here is known as Shri Darbar Sahib Kartarpur or Kartarpur Sahib has a great importance in Sikhism. . Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is built at the place where he died.

Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara: It falls in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. Guru Nanak Dev lived in Kartarpur for last 18 years of his life and finally died here. He built Kartarpur on the banks of river Ravi. It is the second holiest site in Sikhism after the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev in Talwandi in Pakistan, now known as Nankana Sahib, which is the first sacred site for Sikhs.

PM Modi inaugurates Integrated Check Post at Kartarpur Corridor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Integrated Check Post (ICP) of Kartarpur Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur in Punjab. Moeover, the first Jatha of Sikh pilgrims also entered Pakistan through Kartarpur Corridor. Earlier, PM Modi also flagged off the first batch of over 500 Indian pilgrims led by Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib via corridor.

About ICP at Kartarpur Corridor

Objective: The rationale behind the establishment of ICP is to secure country’s borders while facilitating legitimate trade and commerce.

Facilities Provided: ICPs house all regulatory agencies such as Immigration, Customs, border security, among others, together with all support facilities like parking, warehousing, banking, hotels etc. in a single complex. The Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) is the implementing agency.

Background: To celebrate the historic occasion of 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Devji in the year 2019, India has signed an agreement with Pakistan on 24 October 2019, on the modalities and formal framework for operationalisation of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Zero Point, International Boundary, Dera Baba Nanak. The ICP would thus facilitate, Indian Piligrims to visit to Gurudwara Kartapur Sahib in Pakistan.

About Kartarpur corridor

It connects Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur, Punjab in India to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Narowal, Pakistan. Kartarpur Gurdwara is known as the the final resting place of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikh faith. It is located on the banks of river Ravi and is just over 4 km from Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab.