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Killing of four BSF personnel in Ramgarh sector casts shadow over fair of Baba Chamliyal
350 year old carnival is being commemorated on last on last Thursday of June every year


Chamliyal , (Ramgarh Sector), June 13, (Scoop News)-The frightening silence that had prevailed along the border for past over a week was broken early Wednesday morning when Pakistani Rangers opened unprovoked firing on an Indian forward post martyring four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel besides injuring five others, three of them critically.
“Pakistani Rangers opened unprovoked firing early this morning and reportedly caused some casualties to our jawans,” said Baldev Singh, a villager of Ramgarh area.
The blood curdling incident has cast shadow over the forthcoming festival of Baba Chamliyal which is to be held on June 28 this year. The 350 year old festival is celebrated at the shrine on the last Thursday of June every year.
Surprisingly, last week the officials of the two opposing border guards had agreed to observe a ceasefire along 210 kilometre long border between India and Pakistan in restive Jammu and Kashmir.
During past one week, the border migrants were gradually returning to their homes and hearths, many of them had volunteered themselves for the community service at the shrine. Earlier, they had left their villages due to heavy mortar shelling on their places from across the border.
Some of the returnees had volunteered themselves for community services and these devotees were working constantly for preparation of the centuries old annual festival at the shrine of Baba Chamliyal which holds great importance for the people of the two inimical nations.
The shrine of Baba Dileep Singh Manhas popularly known as Baba Chamliyal admired by the people on both sides of the border, the shrine is located close to zero line on the border in the Ramgarh sector of Samba district.
The replica of the shrine is built on the other side of the border near village Saidawali in Sialkote district of Punjab province of Pakistan. On the Indian side the festival is observed for one day while on the other side of the border it is celebrated for a week.
Chamliyal is known for “Soil and Water” also called as Shakkar and Sharbat, has a curative effect for chronic skin ailments. People from all over the country visit the shrine for the treatment of skin problems.
In normal times, Pakistan Rangers cross over to this side to handover a ‘Chaddar’ embroidered with ‘Quranic Verses’ to their counterparts for laying the same on the tomb. Thousands of devotees wait in the sweltering heat on the other side of the border to receive the holy Shakkar and Sharbat from the shrine located on this side.
Incidentally, the Pakistani devotees could visit the shrine built on Indian and collect Shakkar and Sharbat personally. However, the practice was stopped since Indo- Pak war in 1965.
According to the legend, Baba Chamliyal was beheaded at Saidawali village by his opponents who didn’t like his growing spiritual influence in the area. His body was buried at village Saidawali while his head lies in entombment at village Chamliyal where his followers had built a shrine in his memory.

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