Saturday, October 01, 2016
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Gurudwara Kair Sahib at Jai Sukh Wala, District Mandi Bahauddin

Mandi Bahauddin is the leading town of district. The sacred shrine of Jagat Guru Nanak Ji is in village Jai Sukh Wala which is located on the main road going from Mandi-Bahauddin to Marala. The Jai Sukh wala is within the jurisdiction of P.S. & Tehsil Mandi-Bahauddin.eJagat Guru Ji arrived in this village from Dinga at a time when an annoyed mystic wanted to punish the villagers with his curse. Guru Ji prevailed upon him to abandon it and taught him that the right to punish lies in the domain of God. Bhai Bhag, the grandson of this mystic, led a simple and fair life. His grave is displaying its beauty in the cool shade of a tree on the other side of the tank of Gurdwara.

During the reign of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh a beautiful 3-storeyed building of Gurdwara Sahib was constructed. Two elegant tanks were built on its left hand side. One of the tanks was for women. There is a very big inn to provide accommodation to sangats. About 100 housings are settled in it. Some people have divided the building among themselves. A police official is occupying the Prakashasthan (Recitation Room), who does not let any one to visit.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh had bestowed an estate with an annual income of 5 thousand and 40 squares of agricultural land.

Fairs used to be held on Visakhi, Chaiter and Bhadun.

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

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