Gurudwara Khuhi Bhai Lalo Ji
Gurdwara Khuhi Bhai Lalo Ji: Bhai Lab was a carpenter living at Eminabad. Guru Nanak Dev stayed with him on several occasions. Bhai Lalo’s house became a dharmsal, meeting place for local followers of the Guru, and was later developed into Gurdwara which was named after a khuhi(narrow well) which existed even when the old house had crumbled.
Bhai Lalu, a resident of Saidpur (Eminabad), was a carpenter of Getaura caste. Guru Nanak stayed at his house when came he to Eminabad. It is the place where Gur Dev Ji composed the following bani (rhyme) in Talang rag:
A man by the name of Bhago Malik was a minor official of the ruler of Eminahad. He arranged a big feast for the Brahamins (Braham Bhoj) and also invited Gur Dev Ji who declined the invitation. This made him angry and he summoned Gur Dev Ji through official command. Gur Dev Ii squeezed his buttered bread with one hand and with other hand squeezed the plain bread of Bhai Lalu before all present in the court. Blood started trickling front Ith,rr’s buttered bread and milk oozed out of plain bread of Lalu carpenter. Gur Dev Ji said that Ithago s Income contained the blood sucked from the poor whereas the income of this carpenter had the milk of his hard labour. It w,e. the reason behind my rejection of your rich food and that was why he had preferred the simple Dual earned through hard labour.
Lalu’s house, where Guru Nanak Dev Ji had stayed, was made a gurudwara This is called Gurdwara Khuhi Bhai Lalo Ji (the well of Lalu). The well front which drinking water is still intact.
|Text and photographs:Historical Sikh Shrines in Pakistan : Iqbal Qaiser