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Heritage In 1960s, Devotee Brought Guru Granth Sahib From Kartarpur

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'In 1960s, devotee brought Guru Granth Sahib from Kartarpur'

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AMRITSAR: After Radcliffe Line became the border between India and Pakistan following the Partition in 1947, it also shut doors on historic Sikh shrine Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib. Creation of two nations also raised concerns among Sikhs in India about the upkeep of gurdwaras and Guru Granth Sahib (holy book of Sikhs) in Pakistan.

Kartarpur Sahib was marooned in 1947 and Muslims reportedly took away doors and other belongings of the shrine, though Guru Granth Sahib was left intact, informed B S Goraya, founder of Sangat Langah Kartarpur, who has been running a campaign for construction of corridor between Dera Baba Nanak and Kartarpur Sahib since 2001.

Goraya said that during their campaign, he met Bawa Singh, a resident of Bhugtana Bohrwala village near Dera Baba Nanak, who clandestinely crossed the international border and reached Kartarpur Sahib in early 1960s and brought Guru Granth Sahib from there to India. "Bawa Singh told me that he not only brought Guru Granth Sahib from Kartarpur Sahib, he also lit a lamp there before returning the same day as the area around the gurdwara in Pakistan was uninhabited," said Goraya, adding that it was easier to cross the border in early 1960s due to thin deployment of security forces. Narrating further, Goraya said, "Bawa also told me that he had handed over the saroop of Guru Granth Sahib to some dera. He was a simple and humble Sikh who couldn't bear disrespect to the holy book and risked his life to get it from Kartarpur Sahib. I would say he was ignorant of the holy book's significance and handed it over to a dera."

Sources in Border Security Force (BSF) informed TOI that in 1960s, there wasn't much deployment of security forces along the border between India and Pakistan, so people having their friends and relatives on either sides used to cross over illegally to meet them.

Goraya opined that people like Bawa, who risked their life for the sake of religion should be identified and given due honour. He also said that efforts should be initiated to trace the saroop of Guru Granth Sahib brought by Bawa from Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, and preserved.
 

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