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Must-Visit Gurdwaras of Ludhiana on 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

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A place for reverence, A place for faith,

A place for forgiveness and A place for remembrance. 

Often called Gurdwara, it literally means ‘through guru’s grace’

Initially, known as Dharamshalas where people would come & listen to the Guru or sing hymns; with the growth of Sikh population, Guru Hargobind Singh Ji eventually named these as Gurdwaras. Darbar Sahib is a place where the holy book and the living guru of Sikh’s – Guru Granth Sahib is kept. It has four entrances (mostly) which depict that people of all faiths are welcome here.  Ludhiana is fortunate to have prominent gurdwaras located in the vicinity, many of which have long-forgotten history. So, on the occasion of 550th Prakash Parv we are presenting worth-visiting Gurughars of Ludhiana. Plan a day out with your family to these holy abodes and relive the era of Sikhs. 

 

Gurdwara Nanaksar Sahib

This historical Gurdwara, situated in Kaleran village near Jagraon, has been dedicated to Baba Nand Singh Ji who was a revered celibate. Baba Nand Singh Ji practised severe austerities and deep meditations. He is said to have had visions of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Guru Har Krishan Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Bhai Ishar Singh Ji started serving him and became his successor eventually. Bhai Ishar Singh Ji had been gifted an Impala in the early 19th century which is still kept inside the Gurdwara premises. In 1950, Baba Ishar Ji began construction of Gurdwara Nanaksar Sahib. 

Interesting Fact: Langar is not prepared in the Gurdwara and people usually bring it from their homes or collect it from neighbouring homes.

Location: Kaleran village, Jagraon 

Gurdwara Karamsar Rara Sahib 

Gurdwara Karamsar Rara Sahib is situated at village Rara Sahib. Rara Sahib is located 22 km south-east of Ludhiana and 22 km north-west of Khanna, on the bank of Sirhind Canal. On the request of Sardar Gian Singh Rarewala, Sant Isher Singh Ji and Sant Kishan Singh Ji stayed in Rara Sahib making this place their abode. This Gurdwara is a monument in memory of Sant Isher Singh Ji who served the society selflessly. 

Interesting Fact: This village was transformed from simple Rara to Rara Sahib due to the visit by the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji.

Location: Rara Sahib village

 

Gurdwara Manji Sahib

10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji visited Alamgir village disguised as the ‘Peer of Ucch’ with the help of two Pathans, Ghani Khan and Nabi Khan, who risked their own lives to save him from the Mughal army. Guru Gobind Singh Ji loosened his hair and was carried in a palanquin (manji). On reaching Alamgir, he asked his followers to fetch water however the villagers told him that the water is contaminated. On hearing this, he shot an arrow into the ground (while sitting), where a spring of clean water came out. This spring has been converted into a tank known as ‘Tirsar’ meaning Arrow Lake. The Guru said that “whoever visits the holy tank with full faith, all his pains and worries would be cured.”

Interesting Fact: The palanquin which was used to carry the 10th Guru has been safely placed in an underground cell. The fact that Guru Gobind Singh Ji was carried in a ‘Manji’ gave this gurdwara the name of Manji Sahib.

Location: Alamgir village

Gurdwara Kalgidhar Sahib Singh Sabha

Gurdwara Kalgidhar Sahib was the first Gurdwara in the Field Ganj area of Ludhiana. After partition, when the Sikh community started residing in this area, there was no Gurdwara. Sometime later, a Gurdwara was built and named ‘Gurdwara Kalgidhar Sahib Singh Sabha’ with mutual consent. This Gurdwara has been a place of worship for the people residing in nearby areas and became a prominent holy place.

Interesting Fact: Initially, there was no Gurdwara Sahib in this area. In the years following the partition of India, Shri Guru Granth Sahib was established in a Mosque at Khera Chowk.  

Location: Field Ganj

Gurdwara Flahi Sahib

Gurdwara Flahi Sahib is situated at a distance of 3 km from Alamgir village outside village Dulay. The Gurdwara is located in a beautiful area surrounded by trees where a serene canal is flowing right in front of the Gurdwara. Back in 1705, when Guru Gobind Singh Ji came here, it was a dense forest. He came from Alamgir and stayed here for a night. The Sikh Guru had asked Bhai Jattu and Bhai Swai from Raipur to visit but when both failed to visit, he continued his journey further.

Interesting Fact: When Guru Gobind Singh Ji came to this place he tied his horse with a Flahi tree at this site. This Gurdwara is named after the Flahi Tree which still stands today.

Location: Dulay village

Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji

From a very small place of worship, this Gurdwara with the efforts from devotees has been converted into a larger place where divinity prevails. It is believed that while visiting this holy place if you pray for anything with a sincere heart – it gets fulfilled. A large number of devotees pay respects to this holy place every day and have high regard for Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji. 

Interesting Fact: It is believed that whenever you visit this Gurdwara Sahib, the souls of martyrs protects you.

Location: Model Town

 

Gurdwara Mehdiana Sahib 

Gurdwara Mehdiana Sahib is also known as the ‘School of Sikh History’ is located in the village of Mehdiana near Jagraon. Guru Gobind Singh Ji is said to have rested here along with his followers for some time after the Battle of Chamkaur with the Mughal Army. Quite unique and different from other gurdwaras, Mehdiana Sahib has coloured architecture and sculptural scenes giving glimpses of the Sikh history and their sacrifices. This holy gurdwara is surrounded by lush greenery and a natural water reservoir making it a perfect habitat for birds and animals. 

Interesting Fact: It was in this place that the Sangat asked the Sikh Guru to write a Zafarnama to Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. 

Location: Mehdiana village near Jagraon

 

Gurdwara Gau Ghat

This Gurdwara is probably the oldest gurdwara in Ludhiana. First Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited this place in 1515 and rested on the banks of Sutlej river. Nawab of Lodhi, Jalal-Ud-Din who lived in a fort nearby came to visit him and asked him to save the city from Sutlej river as it is destroying the city. Guru Nanak Dev Ji said, “ Tussi praja naal insaaf karo. Sutlej Dariya sheher to 7 koh dur ho javega ate ithe budha hoke chalega. Sama paake eh sheher bohot ghug vasega, jis da duniya vich naa hovega” (You bring justice to people. Sutlej will move away from the city and will pass from here with a decreased flow. With time, this city will become densely populated and will become popular worldwide).

Interesting Fact: Gau Ghat is the only Gurdwara in the city which has been graced by Guru Nanak Dev Ji. 

Location: Gaushala road near Division No. 3, Ludhiana

 

Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib

The first Gurdwara in Punjab to adopt hi-tech projection which puts Gurbani on wide screens so, devotees can better understand the hymns of the scripture as the priests sing. Located in Field Ganj near Jagraon Bridge, this place hosts approximately 50,000 devotees everyday who pay respects to the Holy Shri Guru Granth Sahib. Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib provides langar 24×7 for everyone. Having a special religious significance, it is known for its pious and blissful aura. The devotees especially visit Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib with a belief that they will connect with the almighty and will find the right direction.

Interesting Fact: Dukh Niwaran Charitable Hospital, Field Ganj, Ludhiana is being run by the management of Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib since 1997 providing affordable medical services to the needy.

Location: Field Ganj

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