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Gold palanquin to be installed at Nankana Sahib

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    Craftsmen work on the gold palanquin, which will be installed at Nankana Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan. — A Tribune photograph

    Varinder Walia, Tribune News Service

    Tarn Taran, September 15
    A history of sorts will be scripted when Guru Granth Sahib will be carried in a gold palanquin from New Delhi to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan by covering more than 700 km, the longest religious procession after the Partition. The palanquin is being prepared with more than 15 kg of gold to be fitted on the teak wood.

    The palanquin, being prepared under the supervision of Baba Amrik Singh, will be installed at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev.

    Mr Parmjit Singh Sarna, president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, will leave for Pakistan tomorrow to meet Mr Pervez Elahi, Chief Minister, Pakistani Punjab, for making necessary arrangements.

    Mr Sarna told The Tribune here today that he would also meet Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, to request him to personally present at the time of flagging off the procession on October 16.

    The procession will be received by Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Ministers of Haryana and Punjab, respectively, en route to Nankana Sahib. Mr Elahi will receive the procession at Wagah on October 17.

    Mr Sarna said the palanquin would be carried in a specially fabricated air-conditioned bus. There would be provision for raagis to sing kirtan.

    The DSGMC chief said efforts would be made to seek permission from the government of Pakistan to take the palanquin in the air-conditioned bus to cross from Wagah.

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