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Gurudwara Ber Sahib - Sultanpur Lodhi


During his stay at Sultanpur Lodhi, Guru Nanak would go to the Bein stream every morning for bath and meditation. There he planted a Ber (Jujube) sapling. The tree is still present. A shrine was built there by Baba Jassa Singh Ahluwalia, the founder of the Kapurthala State. Later on the construction of present building was started in 1938 and completed in 1942. It is all in marble and mosaic.
One day while bathing in the stream, Nanak saw a peculiar light. He moved towards the light and was drawn into the stream. People thought that he had been drowned. But when he came out of the water after three days, he kept muttering again and again the words, "We are neither Hindus nor Muslims, We are human beings." All this was very strange to the people. Now large crowds came to him to listen to his words. The Qazi of the town was considered a learned man among the Muslims. He asked the Guru to join him in offering Namaz (prayer) in a mosque if he really did not believe in any distinction between Hindus and Muslims. Nanak accompanied the Qazi to the mosque. Everybody said his prayer. But Guru Nanak Dev, however, only stood watching. When questioned by Qazi as to why he did not join him in offerings Namaz the Guru replied that Qazi himself was worried about a new born colt all the time. He was afraid that it might fall into the well. With whom he was to offer prayer?
The crowd was greatly amazed. People came to believe that the Guru was a Divine being, as he could read the inner thoughts of others.
The hallowed city of Sultanpur, where the great Guru Nanak spread first of all his message of one God and brotherhood of mankind, has become a place of pilgrimage. will strive to be most comprehensive directory of Historical Gurudwaras and Non Historical Gurudwaras around the world.

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