FEROZEPUR, Punjab—In spite being refused clearance from the Indian government, the DSGMC and the Bhai Mardana Memorial Committee (Ferozepur) is going to send a jatha (party) of Sikh pilgrims to mark 178th death anniversary of Sher-e-Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, in Lahore (Pakistan). A Sikh jatha of about 300 devotees will depart for Dehra Sahib (Lahore, Pakistan) tomorrow via Attari railway station.
The Indian government refused clearance for the pilgrimage citing security reasons. However, the Delhi based Pakistan High Commission had granted visas for the pilgrimage whilst ensuring robust security arrangements for the jatha. However, the Indian government had told the permission seeking authorities (SGPC) that the organizers were free to send pilgrims at their own risk.
President of Bhai Mardana Memorial Committee S. Harpal Singh Bhullar said that the jatha will depart for Pakistan on June 28 from the Attari railway station. He shared that the Pakistan railway will send a special train to commute the Sikh jatha to it’s destination in Dehra Sahib.
The Samadhi (memorial) of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, situated in Lahore, marks the place where his mortal remains were cremated. The central hall has a marble monument that once had carved marble knobs commemorating the Maharaja’s funeral pyre. These knobs were recently removed and are now locked in a storeroom.