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Gurudwara Bhai Budhu Da Awa, Lahore

This place is situated at Shalimar Road near Gulabi Gate (where the Sikh National College stood). It was earlier the brick klin of Bhai Budhu. Due to the admontition of Bhai Kamliya, the bricks remained raw. When Bhai Budhu went to Guru Arjan Dev for asking what to do, the Guru said that he could not alter what had been utterd by a devout Sikh but assured the Sikh that these bricks would be sold at the discarded price. So much was the demand of the bricks that all the raw bricks were sold. To express his gratitude, Bhai Budhu got a Gurdwara consructed at a place of the klin, out of sheer joy and faith in the Guru. This Gurdwara was managed for a long time by the Mahants of the Satlani. In A.D. 1927, when Sikh National College was established, a magnificent building of this Gurdwara was also erected. This place has been taken over by the Archives after the partition.
 

Acknowledgements:

Text and photographs: Gurdwara Gurdham at Pakistan, written by Roop Singh and Published by SGPC
Photographs : Kanwer Sosheel Singh  from Pakistan
Photographs: S. Rajinder Singh Narang

 

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