Shrines Branch

One of the major functions of the Evacuee Trust Property Board is to manage religious places belonging to Sikhs and Hindus and facilitate Sikh / Hindu Yatrees on their religious festivals as laid down in Sec.4(2) (i) of the Act 1975.

Functions of Shrines Branch:

  • To look after historical functional shrines of Sikhs and Hindus including their management.
  • Provision of facilities to the Sikh and Hindu pilgrims who visit Pakistan to perform their religious rituals /rites
  • To deal with the affairs of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC).

Festivals/Occasions:

As per bilateral “Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines- 1947” between India and Pakistan, Sikhs and Hindus are allowed to visit Pakistan on following occasions:-

Sikh Festivals/Occasions

No. Name of Festival / Place of Main Ceremony No of Pilgrims allowed Duration of Stay
1 Baisakhi Gurdwaras Punja Sahib – Hassanabdal 3000 10 Days (April)
2 Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjun Dev Jee – Lahore 1000 10 Days (June)
3 Death Anniversary of Maharaja Ramjet Sigh – Lahore 500 10 Days (June)
4 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Jee – Nankana Sahib 3000 10 Days (November)

Hindu Yatrees

No. Name of Festival / Place of Main Ceremony No of Pilgrims allowed Duration of Stay
1 Katas Raj Temple District Chakwal 200 5 Days (Feb/Mar)
2 Shadami Darbar, Hayat Pitafi, Mirpur Mathelo 400 10 Days (Nov/Dec)
3 Katas Raj Temples, District Chakwal 200 5 Days (Oct)

Reception / Langar

  • Reception at Wagha Railway Station.
  • Provision of Langar on Arrival/departure and during stay of Yatrees in Pakistan.

Travel Arrangements

  • Arrangements of special trains for Sikh/Hindu Yatrees to cities where all major Gurdwaras/Mandirs are situated.

Customs and Immigration

  • Liaison with customers and immigration/Rangers authorities for speedy immigration clearance of Yatrees.

Security

  • Adequate security arrangements in consultation with concerned departments for the protection of Gurdwaras/Mandirs and Yatrees.

Accommodation

  • Comfortable boarding and lodging arrangements for Yatrees within the premises of major Gurdwaras/Mandirs and alternative places as well.

Rituals

  • To ensure holding of religious ceremonies in Gurdwaras/Mandirs as per traditions of Sikh & Hindu religions.

Currency Exchange

  • Arrangements of money exchange counters of National Bank of Pakistan/Habib Bank Limited at Wagha Railway Station and in all major Gurdwaras.

Telephone Facilities

  • PTC telephone booths with NWD/ISD facilities in all main Gurdwaras.

Health Cover

  • Round the clock availability of doctors/para medical staff for Yatrees during the travel of Yatrees and their stay at Gurdwaras/Mandirs.

Major Gurdwaras:

  • Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib
  • Gurdwara Sacha Sodha, Farooqabad
  • Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hassanabadal
  • Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Lahore
  • Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, Narowal
  • Gurdwara Rohri Sahib, Eminabad
  • Gurdwara Bhai Joga Singh, Peshawar

Major Mandirs:

  • Sadhu Bela, Sukkur
  • Katas Raj, Chakwal
  • Krishna Mandir, Lahore
  • Krishna Mandi, Rawalpindi
  • Shadani Darbar, Hiyat Pittafi, Mirpur Mathlo
  • Shiv Mandir, Mansehra
  • Kali Beri Mandir, Peshawar
  • Guru Gurpat nanak Mandir, Hyderabad
  • Jhulay Lal mandir, Karachi
  • Sant Bhaghat Ram Mandir, Dadu