Punjab News: A store named “Langar Rasad Guru Nanak Dev Ji Hut” has been inaugurated at the Kartarpur corridor in Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur, allowing devotees visiting Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan to purchase ration and other goods for langar (community food) from the Indian side. On the first day of operation, devotees purchased vegetables, pulses, and handkerchiefs from this store. The Kartarpur corridor was established for visa-free access to Indian pilgrims, providing a direct link from Dera Baba Nanak to Kartarpur in Pakistan’s Narowal district, where Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, spent the last leg of his life.
Ration Store Opens at Kartarpur Corridor for Langar Supplies
Initially, pilgrims carried ration for langar, but this practice was discouraged due to objections from the Pakistan Rangers. Following the intervention of the Indian government, the new store allows devotees to officially contribute to the langar of Gurdwara Kartarpur shrine kitchen. The store offers a variety of goods, including vegetables, spices, pulses, oil, and more, as well as religious items. Each devotee is permitted to carry up to 7 kg of luggage.
Around 300 pilgrims visit Kartarpur shrine daily through the dedicated corridor. Rajinder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh jointly established the store, providing essential items for the langar and meeting the requirements of devotees visiting the gurdwara.