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Pilgrims head for Pak to attend birth anniversary of Shada Ram
Lahore: A delegation of 50 Hindu
pilgrims from India will cross the Wagah border into Pakistan on January 8 to
attend saint Shada Ram's 300th birth anniversary at Shadani Darbar in Ghotki,
Sindh. Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Asif Saeed Hashmi said on
Tuesday that Yudhishter Lal Ji Maharaj will lead the pilgrims. Hashmi said it
was the Pakistan government's policy to facilitate and accommodate the pilgrims
in the country. ETPB Additional Secretary Siddique Khurram said the pilgrims would
be provided accommodation and travel facilities. Shadani Darbar organiser Jai
Ram Das said, "It is a mega event in which people from across the world take part.
Stage shows and musical programmes will be arranged." Every year, Indian pilgrims
participate in the festival and also visit various religious places, he said.
According to the legend, Ghulam Shah Kalhoro, the ruler of Sindh, terrorised Hindus
in 1700. Perturbed by his actions, Hindus prayed to Lord Shiva at Mathelo. One
night the Sarpanch saw Lord Shiva in his dream. Lord Shiva told him that he had
taken birth in the form of 'Shadaram' in Lahore and would come to Mathelo for
their salvation. Shada Ram came to Mathelo in 1768 and kindled 'Dhuni Saheb' there.
When Kalhoro insulted a Hindu widow, Shadaram cursed the ruler, saying that Kalhoro
would lose the kingdom. Shada Ram's words came true and Kalhoro lost his kingdom
and died in misery. After that Shadaram shifted to Hayat Pitafi and laid the foundation
of the Shadani Darbar. Ram Das said Yudhishter Lal was the son of late Gobind
Ram. He said 15-year-old Gobind was elevated to Shadani Gaddi on April 4, 1960.
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