Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, is an important site for Sikhs since it is believed Guru Nanak – the founder of Sikhism – lived and died in that region. However, before the Kartarpur Corridor became a reality, Indian Sikhs would often complete their pilgrimage by simply performing ‘darshan’ of the temple from across the border. Nevertheless, with the new initiative by the government, it seems like peace is in the cards for India and Pakistan.
Adding to the initiative, is the State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) introduction of a commemorative coin for Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary. And yes, this is the first time in the nation’s history where a coin has been issued in memory of a religious personality.
The coin has been created as a commodity and is available at the 16 offices of the SBP in major cities for 550 rupees. Luckily, the Sikh yatrees visiting the Guru Nanak Gurdwara will also be able to purchase the coin from Kartarpur and Nankana Sahib.
The coin that has been created from 75% copper and 25% nickel, has an engraved picture of the monument of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji with “550th Birthday Celebrations” written on top.
Though there is a limited amount of coins for now, according to an official of the State Bank, more will be minted if demand persists.
While the coin released for Guru Nanak’s 550th birthday definitely has historic value, there lies a peaceful message behind its creation. According to the SBP Governor Reza Baqir, the aim behind the coin is to promote interfaith harmony.
Most importantly, the coin is meant to highlight the message of peace taught by Guru Nanak. According to historic sources, Guru Nanak was focused on preaching a life that lead one towards spirituality by forming a peaceful community -a community where all are equal.
“He who regards all men as equals is religious.” Guru Nanak