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Gurudwara Hatt Sahib - Sultanpur Lodhi

Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, spent 14 years in Sultanpur Lodhi, situated in Kapurthala district of Punjab. His brotber-in-law,Jai Ram, got him employed in the service of Nawab Daulat Khan Lodhi who was much impressed by the intellectual equipment of Nanak. The Nawab offered him the portfolio of Household Minister but Nanak preferred the administration of Provision Supplies Department, the Modikhana. Probabiy it was concerned with charitable institution, helping the poor and the needy.
As the custodian of the stores, the Guru worked with complete honesty. He gave everybody his due. Unlike the previous custodians, who had become rich by pilfering and short weighing, he always gave full measure to the customers. Everybody was satisfied and spoke highly to the Nawab about the good work of the Guru. At the site of the store where the great Guru distributed provisions a Gurdwara has been built, with a tank adjoining it. It is called Gurdwara Hatt Sahib, where eleven stone weights, said to have been used by the Guru, are preserved.
There is an episode mentioned in the biography of Guru Nanak connected with this place. Some jealous persons carried stories to the Nawab that Nanak was mismanaging the stores and squandering 'away state wealth. However, when the accounts were checked, it was found that instead of shorfall, there was some money in excess. Nawab Dault Khan Lodhi at once sent for his treasurer Bhavani Das to pay the excess amount to Nanak immediately. He offered Nanak Rs. 3,000 as reward for honesty and efficiency.

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The etymology of the term 'gurdwara' is from the words 'Gur (ਗੁਰ)' (a reference to the Sikh Gurus) and 'Dwara (ਦੁਆਰਾ)' (gateway in Gurmukhi), together meaning 'the gateway through which the Guru could be reached'. Thereafter, all Sikh places of worship came to be known as gurdwaras.
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