A Hindu jatha (group of pilgrims) comprising 24 participants will depart Amritsar for the Katas Raj temple in Pakistan’s Punjab province Wednesday afternoon, reliable said.\
The group, which is being led-by Sunil Kumar Khanna, a leader of Pratinidhi Sabha Punjab, will pass over to Pakistan thru the Attari-Wagah border.
“We are going to Katas Raj temple specially to have a good time Mahashivratri,” stated Hari Om Verma, one of the pilgrims.
The pilgrims had arrived in Amritsar on Tuesday and stayed at the Durgiana Temple here. The jatha will stay in Pakistan for seven days. The Pakistan high fee had issued visas to 25 Indian pilgrims to visit Katas Raj temple, additionally recognised as Qila Katas or complex of Katas temples, in Chakwal district of Punjab from December 19 to 25. One lady opted out of the pilgrimage due to poor health.
Under the Pakistan-India protocol on visits to non secular shrines of 1974, a massive range of Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from India go to Pakistan to study spiritual festivals each year.
The Katas Raj Temple also acknowledged as Qila Katas is a complex of several temples linked to one some other with the aid of walkways. The pilgrims members said without paying obeisance at the Katas Raj, and taking part in the religious festivities there, they will also go to different Hindu temples in the vicinity.
Last November, heaps of Sikhs had travelled to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Punjab province through the Kartarpur Corridor which was once opened to facilitate the pilgrimage to mark the 550th start anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev
The Kartarpur Corridor connects Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Punjab with Darbar Sahib -- additionally known as Kartarpur Sahib -- the ultimate resting vicinity of Guru Nanak Dev, in Narowal district in Pakistan.