Kartarpur Corridor

Kartarpur Corridor


  • After 20 months, The Indian government is considering reopening the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara corridor in Pakistan to allow Sikh pilgrims to pass through. It was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The Government of India is considering opening the route by November 19 (2021), the birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak (known as Gurpurab/Guru Parv or “Prakash Parv”).


  • This corridor is one of the rare new initiatives between India and Pakistan that in the year 2019, after the Pulwama attack, Balakot attack and the decision to amend Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir, the diplomats of both sides were withdrawn due to tense situation. Gaya and all business ties were cancelled.
  • This is a unique project as such visa-free “human corridors” are typically used for emergency situations, i.e. displacement from refugee violence or humanitarian disasters, and not for pilgrimage.

Kartarpur Corridor:

  • The Kartarpur Corridor connects Darbar Sahib Gurdwara in Narowal district of Pakistan with Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in Gurdaspur district of Punjab province of India.
  • This corridor was built on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, on November 12, 2019.

Guru Nanak

  • Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Kartik to mark the birth of Guru Nanak Dev (1469-1539).
  • He taught the ‘Nirguna’ form of Bhakti. They rejected sacrifices, ritual bathing, image worship, penance and scriptures of both Hindus and Muslims.
  • He established the rules related to group recitation for mass worship (sangat).
  • Guru Nanak Dev appointed one of his disciples, Guru Angad (Preceptor) as his successor and this practice was followed for almost 200 years.
  • Arjun Dev, the fifth Guru of Sikhism, compiled the hymns of Baba Guru Nanak in the AdiGranth Sahib along with four of his successors and other religious poets such as Baba Farid, Ravidas (also known as Raidas) and Kabir.
  • These stotras, called ‘Gurbani’, have been composed in many languages.
  • About 4 km across the Indian border, Away Kartarpur Gurdwara is situated the holy pilgrimage site of the Sikhs. Where Guru Nanak Dev spent the last 18 years of his life.

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