Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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Gurudwara Pehli Patshahi at Haftmadar Distt Sheikhpura

This village which goes by the name of Haftmadar lies on Bhai Pheru-Khunda road after Jatri. From the main road a narrow road runs for 5 kilometers upto this village. It is in tehsil Nankana Sahib of Sheikhupura district.
The Gurdwara of this village is called "Gurdwara Sacchi Manji Pehli Patshahi". The Manji (bed) of Jagat Guru was with Gill landowners of this village. Guru Arjun Dev Ji presented his staff to his devotees when he came to this village. One shoe of Amar Das Ji was in this village while the other was in the village Dhunni of Hafizabad. Pilgrim can see this shoe after making an offering of Rs. 1.25. It can be seen in the photographs that the major parts of Gurdwara have collapsed and only some portions remain standing.


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

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