Lahore: Forty-seven Indian Hindus
pilgrims arrived in this eastern Pakistani city on Thursday to
participate in festivities marking the birth anniversary of
their spiritual leader Swami Shidaram.
Officials of the Pakistan Gurdwara Prabandhak
Committee and Evacuee Trust Property Board greeted the
delegation of pilgrims led by Gurudev Theshtar Lal at the
Wagah border crossing.
The festivities are scheduled to begin on Saturday.
Lal said the Hindu pilgrims will visit several temples
in connection with the birth anniversary of Swami Shidaram.
"We are happy to get a chance to come here to visit
our places of worship," he told reporters.
The yatris will leave for Mirpur in Sindh tomorrow to
participate in the main ceremony to be held at Sadhubela
temple on Saturday, ETPB spokesman Amir Hashmi said.
They will also visit Matafi Hayatabad temple in
Hyderabad on December 26.
The delegation will return to Lahore on December 26 to
participate in a grand ceremony at Krishna temple at Ravi
Road, Hashmi said.
ETPB Chairman Syed Asif Hashmi will host a reception
in honour of the pilgrims in Lahore on December 28.