After several decades, pilgrims perform ishnaan in holy bein

DW BUREAU

One of the main desire of the pilgrims arriving at Sultanpur Lodhi during the 550th Parkash Purb of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was to take a dip (Ishnaan) in the Holy “Bein”, which is connected with many historic life events of the first Sikh Guru as well as the origin of the “Mool Mantra”. This dream has finally been fulfilled as the Punjab government has spent Rs 4.96 crore on the development of Holy Bein, besides elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure that the pilgrims can take a dip in the Holy Bein.

The pilgrims take a dip in the Holy Bein before paying obeisance at Gurudwara Shri Ber Sahib in the holy and historical town of Sultanpur Lodhi. The pilgrims also partake “Jal” of Holy Bein and feel blessed. From Gurdwara Shri Sant Ghat to Busowal curve, the four-kilometer stretch of the Holy Bein have witnessed a complete transformation, and several “ghats” have been developed there so that the pilgrims are able to take dip in the Holy Bein. Around 500 cusecs of freshwater is being released from the Mukerian Hydel, which is providing fresh lifeline to the ecology in the Holy Bein besides facilitating devotees in large. The Punjab Government has spent Rs. 4.96 Crore at Mukeriyan Hydel for concrete lining of the banks of the holy river to release freshwater in Bein.

Pilgrim Bageecha Singh from Fatehgarh Panjtoor said that he has been visiting Sultanpur Lodhi since the last 21 years, but he has been able to take dip in the Holy Bein for the first time. A separate enclosure for the “Ishnaan” of women pilgrims has also been prepared.

For the benefit of pilgrims, two high-level bridges have also been constructed. The pilgrims are using these bridges for reaching the Holy Bein for Ishnaan directly from the main pandal and also to pay obeisance at Gurudwara Shri Ber Sahib.

To ensure safety of the devotees a railing have been installed along the banks of the Holy Bein (entire stretch of 4 kilometres) besides deploying 89 professional swimmers from NDRF and SDRF to meet any emergency situation. A total of 12 boats are also patrolling the Holy Bein, and 12 watch towers have also been constructed.

(editor@dailyworld.in)

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