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Gurudwara Chota Nanakiana at Dipalpur , Distt Okara

Dipalpur is a great historical city and once it used to be the capital of Punjab. At. present it is the tehsil headquarter of Okara district. A shrine of Jagat Guru Nanak Dev Ji stands gracefully outside the town in south-eastern side. It is called Gurdwara Chota Nanakiana Sahib. Guru Dev Ji made his abode under a dead pipal tree which became green again and standing even today. He cured a leper named Nuri (Nauranga) whose grave is behind the Gurdwara Sahib. There are 25 ghumaon of land from Kamboh Sikhs of Mancharian village and one ghumaon is outside this town, beside this there is a big estate in the name of Gurdwara. The priests used to be "Bedi Singhs", Prakash does not take place now, only the vacant darbar is there.

Bhai Hazoor Singh Sehaj Dhari, a descendent of Bhai Nathoo Ram had in his house the cot (Manji) granted by Guru Har Rai Ji. It was 5.75 feet long 3 feet wide and 1.25 feet high. It was woven with red and white thread. It had colourful legs and it was made out of black wood. There was an almirah of engraved wood. It is said that this almirah along with Guru Granth Sahib Ji was granted to Bhai Nathoo Ji by the Tenth Guru. Now all these remain only in memories and on the pages of the books.

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Text and photographs:Historical Sikh Shrines in Pakistan : Iqbal Qaiser

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