Gurudwara Pehli Patshahi at Clifton, Karachi
Clifton is a well known amusement area and the people normally visit
this place for recreation. This sacred shrine is adjacent to the left
hand side of the steps of the Clifton park.
There used to be a temple of the goddess of the sea at this place before the arrival of Jagal Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The ships used to pass after offering ablution. There was no idol in this temple, only a lamp placed there was worshipped by the Hindus. The Talpur ruler used to offer 7.5 seers of oil for this lamp every month.
Sat Guru Nanak Dev Ji meditated in a cave just beyond the lamp. An other lamp is kept burning at the place where he had meditated and it is called "Guru Joti"
The building of Gurdwara is beautiful and built with marble. A courtyard comes after getting down fourteen steps. From here six steps lead into a hall. At the end of the hall is the part of cave where Guru Dev Ji meditated. The priests are Nanakpanthi Hindus. This shrine is known as Shri Ratneswar Mahadev Temple these days.
|Text and photographs:Historical Sikh Shrines in Pakistan : Iqbal Qaiser|