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Gurudwara Tibba Nanaksar at Pakpattan

This sacred shrine called Nanaksar is located at a distance of about six kilometer from Pakpattan. It is close to the railway line. Pakpattan is its railway station, P.S, tehsil and district. You can easily get a motor rickshaw, Tonga or a bus to go to this place from railway Station. It was here that Guru Nanak Ji collected the verses of Baba Farid Ji from Baba Ibrahim Farid Sani which were later included in Granth Sahib by Guru Arjun Dev Ji.
The shrine is on a mound. It is a double storey beautiful building with domes. The tomb and mosque of Baba Fateh Ullah Shah Noori Chishti who was a descendant of Baba Farid are within the boundary of this shrine. The caretaker of the shrine are Muslims. A fair is held annually.
The building of the Gurdwara Sahib is in very bad shape and is in need of repairs. It is very important to save it as this place holds an important and prominent position in the literature and history of Punjab. The area around Gurdwara is known by the name of Tibba Nanaksar Chak No 38 SP and this locality consists of about two hundred houses.

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

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