Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Devotees throng Baba Burji wala Samadh fair-Malwa Diary

Malwa Diary
Devotees throng Baba Burjiwala Samadh fair

Hundred of devotees from Indian and Pakistan side thronged Baba Burjiwala Samadh fair, which was organised at Zero Line at GG 1 BOP in the border village Gulabad Bhaini. The samadhi of the Baba Burjiwala is situated just on the International border.

Every year, a fair is organised and citizens from both the countries of the nearby areas pay obeisance there.51 battalion of the BSF organised the fair. The women constables were also deployed for frisking the women devotees across the barbed wire fencing.

First of all, the jawans of the BSF laid "chaddar" on the memorial of the Baba Burjiwala.Notably, only once in a year on June 19, the day of annual fair, the barbed wire fencing gate is thrown open for the public to pay respect at the memorial since the memorial is located across the fencing.

The history of memorial is stated to be of pre-partition days. A large number of villagers in singing and dancing mode were seen thronging in the long queues. On the Pakistan side, scores of devotees were also seen laying "chaddar" at the memorial. Pak rangers had also made elaborate security arrangements.The memorial is considered a joint place of obeisance for the Indian and Pakistanis.

After paying respect at the memorial, Kundan Singh, a resident of village Gulaba Bhaini said with the presence of citizens of both the countries at the memorial, a congenial atmosphere is established. On the occasion, the BSF officials, RK Kashayap and Kirhan Lal, who looked after the security arrangements, prayed for cordial relations between the two countries.

 Praful C Nagpal


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