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Sialkot: The thousands of the praying people including women and children saturday gave a message of peace and love to the Indian people living across the Sialkot Working Boundary here , besides, leaving the thousands of the colourful balloons(carrying peace messages) and pigeons in the air towards India at the conclusion of three-day long annual celebrations of gala of Baba Chaambliyaanwala Sarkar, which concluded here at far-off bordering villages Parel-Masiyaal in Charwah Sector along the Sialkot Working Boundary.

During the concluding session, the people of Pakistan expressed high hopes and they wished of a durable peace along the Sialkot Working Boundary.

They also prayed for the early establishment of durable peace between the two nuclear neighbours Pakistan and India along the borders Sialkot Working Boundary and Line of Control (LoC) here.

People said that the early establishment of peace between the Pakistan and India was the need and demand of the day as well.

Today, on the third and last day, the thousands of the people including women, children and the old belonging to the entire Sialkot region, today, thronged to the far-off bordering village Parel-Masiyaal in Charwah Sector along Sialkot Working Boundary, some 63 KMs away from here to participate in the concluding annual Mela celebrations of Baba Chaambliyaanwala Sarkar, during hot and humid weather here.

An extra ordinary hustle bustle of the people was witnessed along the Sialkot Working Boundary, in this regard.

A ‘sea of humanity’ with the hope of peace along borders today was witnessed , which thronged 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 thousands of the people participated in the final prayers held there after the distribution of the sacred “Shakkar” the soil and Sharbat” (Water) among Pakistani people given to the Punjab Rangers by the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF).

The soil (named as Shakkar) is believed to have miraculous curing effect on every kind of skin diseases while the “Sharbat” is used to mix the Shakkar and apply it on the skin besides for drinking purpose, said the local devotees.

All the fields today also remained filled with the human beings in such hot and muggy weather there.

The people including women, children, youths and old reached there after travelling long on motorcycles, cars, buses. Mini vans, Tongas, three-wheeler auto rickshaws, tractor trolleys and even by foot to participate in the concluding session today.

The drivers continued fleecing the devotees by over charging their desired fairs without any fear. An hours-long massive traffic jams were also witnessed on the entire main and link roads leading to this venue. No traffic control arrangements were made by Sialkot traffic police officials to handle this situation.

The three-day long Chamliyal Mela (Fair) was celebrated here with full fervor and joyfulness by the people of both sides in Ramgarh-India and Sialkot-Pakistan, here now-a-days.

The local people were of the view that this fair is a living testimony for the Hindu-Muslim ties along the Sialkot Working Boundary here that survived the scars of the partition. They added that the love and blessings of Baba replaced bullets and intermittent bangs of mortars by rhythmic beats of drums and devotional songs on Indo-Pak borders (along the Sialkot Working Boundary) here.

A ‘sea of humanity’ with the hope of peace along borders today was witnessed , which thronged 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 along Sialkot Working Boundary participated with great enthusiasm in the annual fair which ended here today (Saturday).

Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) and the Punjab 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, on the Pakistan side of the Zero Line Sialkot, people organize a three-day fair and wait for ‘Shakkar’ and ‘Sharbat’ of Baba Chamliyal’s Dargah.

Over 323-year-old ‘Chamliyal Mela’, celebrated on both sides in Pakistan and India of the Sialkot Working Boundary, 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 Chamliyal Mela is being organized every year with much pomp and show at No Man’s Land where people gather on either side of the border along the Sialkot Working Boundary and exchange “Shakkar” the soil and Sharbat” (Water) between Indian and Pakistani people under the supervision of the Chenab Rangers and Indian Border Security Forces (BSF).

The soil (named as Shakkar) is believed to have miraculous curing effect on every kind of skin diseases while the “Sharbat” is used to mix the Shakkar and apply it on the skin besides for drinking purpose, the senior officials of the Chenab Rangers added.

Meanwhile, it is believed that the soil and water near the Baba shrine cures skin diseases of all types and Pakistani devotees are gifted this soil and water by the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF)after the function is over. The soil given to them is called (Shakkar) means sugar and the water as Sharbat means Juice.

Thousands visit on both sides of border to pay their obeisance to Baba and take part in the festival in Samba district of India and along Sialkot Working Boundary in Pakistan.

Some other devotees here said that this is not just a Mela but a strong bond and Baba’s blessings that have kept people of two countries emotionally close to each other despite the unfortunate partition in 1947.

Baba Chamliyal lived about 300 years ago and came to be revered by people because of his saintly qualities and spiritual powers.

It is said that Baba sacrificed his life when he was beheaded by those who did not like his growing influence at village. But the legend says his head, through Baba’s spiritual power came to Chamliyal village where his disciples built a tomb in his memory…#