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Gurudwara Damdama Sahib at Gujranwala

This holy shrine is right on the railway line near Gujranwala City railway station and at a distance of just four feet from the railway lines. This shrine is called Damdama Sahib Baba Sahib Sing Ji Bedi.
Baba Sahib Sing Ji Bedi was born in the family of Ajit Singh Ji son of Baba Kladhari. Mat,i Saroop Devi Ji gave birth to him in Samvat 1813. He was a selfless and dedicated preacher of the teachings of Guru. His langar remained running round the clock and "Katha Kirtan" went on continuously. Baba Ji died at Ouna on 13th Har Suddi, Samvat 1891.
The construction of this shrine was started and completed by Sardar Bahadur Sukha Singh, President Damdama Sahib Committee, and later his sons Sardar Mangal Singh and Mahan Singh on 9th October 1928 AD.
It is a very large building with innumerable rooms. Prakashasthan is between Langarhall and many other buildings. Presently. many refugee families are settled in it. Although the Evacuee Trust Board has the legal title.

Acknowledgements:

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

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