Baba Chamliyal mela unites thousands at the Indo-Pak border

A sector Commander level  meeting was held on International Border on the occasion of Chamliyal mela In which  sector commander Pakistan ranger Wasim Jaffar Bhatii and  wing commander Mohamad Ali along with  12 officer of pak rangers  and other dignitaries of civil official attended the mela from pak side . DIG jammu sector BS Kasana along with 04 commandment and 09 staff officers attended the meeting .Meeting was held from 1000hrs  to 1100 hrs . Sec Commander Wasim Bhatti offered Chadar for shrine of Chamliyal Baba and our side handed over sharbat and shakar  to the rangers. Both the forces promised to make border more peaceful.

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Thousands of devotees each year on either sides of the Indo-Pak International Border participate in the separate fairs at the Hindu shrine of Baba Dalip Singh Manhas, popularly known as ‘Baba Chamliyal’, about 42 kms from Jammu, in Ramgarh sector of district Samb.

A ‘sea of humanity’ with the hope of peace along borders throng the Indo-Pak border for the annual ‘Chamliyal Mela’ and collect the holy ‘Sharbat’ (sweet water) and ‘Shakkar’ (soil) from the dargah of the famous saint.

The people on both sides of the Indo-Pak border participate with great enthusiasm in the annual fair which begins on fourth thursday of June every year. Administration on both the sides gets involved in making arrangements for the people participating in the Mela.

Over 320-year-old ‘Chamliyal Mela’, celebrated on both sides of the International Border, has become very popular since November, 2003, after the guns became silent on the border following ceasefire and parallel peace initiatives by both India and Pakistan. The Border Security Force (BSF) for India and its counterpart Chenab Rangers of Pakistan mainly manage the annual fair and facilitate people on either side to receive the holy ‘Shakkar’ and ‘Sharbat’, which are believed to have medicinal properties against various skin ailments. Every year in Saidanwali village on the Pakistan side of the Zero Line, people organise a three-day fair and wait for ‘Shakkar’ and ‘Sharbat’ of Baba Chamliyal’s Dargah


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