A high-powered telescope will be installed along the Indo-Pak border for devotees to view Kartarpur Sahib, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, founder of the Sikh faith, which now falls in Pakistan. This is among several announcements made by the Ministry of Culture on Monday evening in the run-up to the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev.
A commemorative coin and postage stamps will be released, while a special train will be started to pass through all the places associated with the Guru’s life, a ministry statement said. A high-level National Implementation Committee, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, took decisions in the matter, also saying that various ministries and departments of the government and Indian missions abroad will be involved.
Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said, “The year-long celebrations will be held not only in India but around the world in the run-up to Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary in November 2019. A national seminar on the Guru’s life will be held in Delhi, which will be telecast live by national channels. The finale celebrations will be held in Sultanpur Lodhi, to be attended by around 3 lakh people.”