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Gurudwara Shaheed Ganj Bhai Taru Singh , Naulakha Bazar, Lahore

The site of martyrdom of Bhai Taru Sing Ji is located in the Naulakha Bazaar. This Bazaar starts from the end of Landa Bazaar and runs upto Lahore Railway Station. Once you enter Naulakha Bazaar from Landa Bazaar ~ there is a small door on the left hand side in between shops. The door carries this inscription: "Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Bhai Taro Ji."
Bhai Taru Ji belonged to Polah, a village of District Kasur, he worked with his own hand to bring up his family and to serve the Singhs of the Guru and looked after the Sikhs. Mahant Narayan lodged a compliant against him that he was harbouring dacoits. He was arrested and put to torture in thousands of ways. At last orders were issued to behead him. Bhai Sahib faced the death heroically and kept reciting the Jap)'i Sahib. He was beheaded on 23rd Assu, Samvat 1802 (1745 AD).
The devotees built his Shaheed Ganj at this site (place of martyrdom). There are many shops in the name of Gurdwara and an estate worth Rs 100 per annum is granted to it since the Sikh period.
It was maintained by the Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee from 1927 to -1947. Its maintenance was entrusted to Bhai Achchar Singh who later became Jathedar of Akal Takl,t Sahib. Evacuee Trust Board has taken over the charge now.

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