Guru Nanak Jayanti 2020 : This Gurupurab Visit these Gurdwaras in India associated with Guru Nanak Dev

Sat Sri Akaal!
Often used as a Jaikara and a sign of Victory, Sat Sri Akaal is a form of greeting used by Sikhs.

Gurupurab marks the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji – founder of Sikhism. At the time mid-1400 century, people were filled with hatred and confusion in name of religion as the entire nation was distributed in Hinduism and Islam. At that time, Nanak was born in Rai Bhoi Di Talwandi now known as Nankana Sahib, in the year 1469. When everyone was fighting to protect their God, Guru Nanak Devi Ji made everyone realize that there is only one God and a human doesn’t need to perform any ritual to have an access to God. After attaining enlightenment, Nanak acted as a wandering teacher attempting to engage in dialogue with others and spread the belief of the existence of one God who teaches tolerance.

It is believed that Guru Nanak traveled 28,000kms with Bhai Mardana (his disciple and traveling partner) on foot to reach his followers. Today, on the occasion of the 551st Parkash Parv (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, we bring you a list of seven must-visit Gurudwaras of India. These places are associated with the life of Guru Nanak. Plan a trip to celebrate the birthday of Guru Nanak at these places. Don’t worry, Abhibus will be your traveling partner accompanying you on your journey fulfilling your travel needs.

1. The Golden Temple, Amritsar
2. Gurdwara Ber Sahib, Kapurthala
3. Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Pakistan
4. Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib Ji, Manikaran
5. Guru Nanak Dham, Rameswaram
6. Gurdwara Tilganji Sahib, Kerala
7. Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib, Bidar, Karnataka

#1 The Golden Temple, Amritsar

The Golden Temple, Amritsar

Popularly known as Sri Harmandir Sahib and Darbar Sahib, the Golden Temple is one of the most renowned Gurdwaras of India. This Gurdwara was established by the fourth Guru of Sikhism – Guru Ram Das Ji. As Guru Nanak Dev promoted caste equality, following his teachings Guru Arjan Das summoned Hazrat Mian Mir – a Muslim Sufi Saint to lay the foundation stone of the Golden Temple. This gesture was a way to pay respect to all religions. The notable feature of Gurdwara is the presence of four doors which is a symbol that people of all backgrounds are embraced to pray here. The golden architecture adds up to the serenity and makes The Golden Temple a must-visit place. Check out the bus routes to the Golden Temple here.

#2 Gurdwara Ber Sahib, Kapurthala

The grounds of Gurdwara Ber Sahib holds esteem importance in Sikhism as it is the point where Guru Nanak Dev entered into the river and disappeared into the waters of Kali Bein Rivulet in Punjab. It is believed that after three days Guru Nanak Dev reappeared as an enlightened being and his first words were “ There is no Hindu, there is no Musalmaan”. With the enlightenment of Guru Nanak Dev, Sikhism came into existence, and thus this holds esteem importance for Nanak’s devotees.

#3 Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Pakistan

 Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Pakistan

There’s a fascinating story behind establishment of Gurdwara Panja Sahib. Guru Nanak Dev traveled across the world to spread his teachings. During one of his travels with his disciple Bhai Mardana, Nanak reached Hasan Abdal in Pakistan. In that area, a saint named Hazrat Shah Wali Qandhari lived. Hearing Nanak’s kirtan and teachings, devotees started getting drawn towards him which resulted in a feeling of envy in Wali Qandhari.
One day, Nanak asked Bhai Mardana to bring water from the nearby spring. The spring was located near the abode of Wali Qandhari and he denied to let him fetch water. When Bhai Mardana told the incident to Guru Nanak, he shoved the boulder lying aside and freshwater sprang up from the earth underneath. The boulder placed aside by Nanak has his handprint and is worshipped by the devotees.

#4 Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib Ji, Manikaran

Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib Ji, Manikaran

Manikaran Gurdwara also known as Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurdwara is extremely beautiful surrounded by hot springs and filled with serenity. As per legends, when Nanak arrived here with his disciple Bhai Mardana for the welfare of people, Bhai Mardana arranged for pulses and flour for Langar. But he couldn’t arrange fire and shared his dilemma with Nanak. Nanak stood up and asked Bhai Mardana to dislodge the stone where he was resting from its place. Following the instructions of his master, Bhai Mardana did the same and was astonished to find an outburst of spring hot water beneath that. The Gurdwara is visited by thousands of devotees every year and is famous for its pious hot water.

#5 Guru Nanak Dham, Rameswaram

Guru Nanak Dham, Rameswaram

While returning from Sri Lanka at the time of Dakshin Dhama (South sojourn), Guru Nanak Dev stayed at several places. At one place in Rameswaram, Nanak spent nineteen days in the year 1511. As per legends, here Guru Nanak Dev dug a spring that produced sweet water. The place where Nanak relaxed has been maintained as a Mandap. The spring and the place where Guru Nanak sojourned has been preserved to date.

#6 Gurdwara Tilganji Sahib, Kerala

Gurdwara Tilganji Sahib, Kerala

This is the place where Guru Nanak explained everyone ‘Wand Chakanaa’ i.e. sharing with others. When Nanak initiated his Dakshindhama, he arrived at two small villages near Trivandrum named Palam and Kottayam. While having a discussion with Yogis, he explained to them the principle of sharing. Nanak was of the opinion that one must share whatever he has. Questioning Nanak’s ability, a yogi gave him a sesame seed and asked him to share it with others. Nanak crushed the seed and dissolved it in water. Further, he distributed the water.

#7 Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib, Bidar, Karnataka

Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib, Bidar, Karnataka

During his lifetime, Guru Nanak traveled across Central Asia to spread his teachings and conducted five missionary tours for the same. On his second Udasi (missionary tour), Nanak visited South India between the years 1506 – 1513 to meet Pir Jalaluddin and Yakoob Ali. He stayed in the outskirts of the city with Fakirs where devotees gathered to hear his sermons. His followers shared the problem of water shortage and asked for a remedy. As per legends, Nanak displaced some gravel from the hillside and rubbed it with his feat resulting in the rushing of freshwater from the same spot. In remembrance of alchemy by Guru, a shrine has been built here. Plan a visit to this mystical place. Book bus tickets from Pune to Bidar here.
Happy travels and Rab Raakha!

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