Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Gateway to Sikhism

Gurudwara Rori Sahib , Lahore

This holy place is about 25 km from the Lahore city and a mettled road leads to this village. The sacred shrine of Guru Nanak Dev Ji is located about half a kilometer outside the village. The place where Guru Dev Ji had stayed came to be known as Rori Sahib. He came to this place thrice because the maternal grand parents of Guru Dev Ji were settled in the nearby village called Dera Chahal. There was a small pool at that time which was later expanded into a tank by one of his followers, Naria, a dweller of this village. It was through his preaching and devotion that a large number of Bhabray were converted to Sikhism.
The construction of the shrine was started by Bhai Wadhawa Singh and a beautiful Darhar was built. Fairs used to be held on Visakhi and 20th of Jaith. There is an endowment of '100 Bigha land in the name of Gurdwara. The tank has once again depleted into a small pool and sky scarpih dome Rod Sahib is in need of repairs. In case no repairs are carried within a short time it will become a heap of dust.

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