The year 2019 saw opening of a milestone ‘corridor’ that will enable Indian pilgrims of all faiths to visit Gurudwara Durbar Sahib, the final resting place of Guru Nanak, at Kartarpur in Pakistan. It is located on bank of Ravi river.
The connectivity to the iconic Gurudwara has largely been built by India, to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Nanak, the first Guru of Sikhs , but who has an equally large following among the Hindus. The sacred site is largely referred to as the final resting place of Guru Nanak, who passed in 1539.
In fact, there is a greater ‘astha’ (faith) and symbolism associated with Kartarpur, referred as Kartarpur Sahib (out of respect). It’s here that Guru Nanak settled after his life-long missionary travels across the subcontinent to as far as the Arab world and back.
Guru Nanak spent around 18 years at Kartarpur.
It’s here where the institution of a community kitchen, or langar, which broke caste, social, religious and geographical distinctions, was formalised.
It’s here where Guru Nanak amalgamated “kirat”, or honest labour, with spiritual meditation (naam) and charity (vand chhakna). It’s here where Guru Nanak anointed his successor, whom he named Guru Angad. It’s here where Guru Nanak discarded his own sons as worthy of leading humanity in the noble mission that eventually culminated in 1708 – the year Guru Gobind Singh invested spiritual authority in Sri Guru Granth Sahib.