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Gurudwara Kali Devi, Distt D.I. Khan

This place is on the main road beyond Topan Wala crossroad. There are workshop close it and the spire is visible inside the street. It is said that when Jagat Guru Nanak Dev Ji came to this city during his fourth itinerary, Goddess Kali was worshiped here. Guru Dev stayed at some distance from the temple of Kali. The moment he entered the town the idol of `Kali fell to the ground. The priest lifted is up but it fell again. Some one said that a saint had come here and maybe it was happening due to his presence. The priest went to him. Guru Dev Ji explained the meaning of one Lord to him and advised him to be His people. After this incident the worship of idols was abolished and Prakash of Guru Granth Ji was begun. As the time went by the priests once again placed the idol of Kali Devi. This temple came to be known as Gurdwara Kali Devi to commemorate this event. There is a school housed in the premises.

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

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