Gurdwara Dera Sahib Lahore

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Gurdwara Dera Sahib Lahore


Sikh Gurdwara built in memory of the place where the 5th of the 10 Gurus of the Sikhs Guru Arjan Dev was martyred in June 1606 AD. Gurdwara Dera Sahib is situated opposite Lahore Fort near Badshahi Mosque; this is the place where Sat Gur Arjun Dev was martyred in the River Ravi facing the tortures inflicted by Chandu on 30th May 1606 AD. The site where Guru Arjun Dev was martyred a Thara (platform) Sahib was built at by Guru Hargobind Ji in Samvat 1619 when he came to Lahore visiting Gur Asthans. Later Maharaja Ranjit Singh constructed a building of the Gurdwara which was very small. In 1909 AD construction of Parakashasthan and Manji Sahib was started for the Parakash of Guru Granth Sahib.Arrangement for daily diwan were made. Inn for the residence of the pilgrims were also costructed.In 1925 AD a local committee was constituted by Shiromni Committee in the wake of Gurdwara reform movement. In 1927 Shiromni Committee took over the charge of Gurdwara and its construction restarted on the 21st April 1930 AD which was completed on 9th Sept 1934 AD. The domes were gold-plated. Floors were cemented. The front of Gurdwara is built in marble.Parakash takes place daily. Evacuee Waqf Board has appointed two Granthis. International sangats are held every year on Shaheedi Jore Mela, Visakhi, Death Anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and birthday of Guru Nanak Dev. In November 1996, Govt of Pakistan built 47 roomed Mian Mir Block for visitors. Guru's langar serves round the clock

Location: Circular Road, Walled City of Lahore, Pakistan.

Contributions of Guru Arjan Dev: The Guru laid the foundation of the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) in Amritsar. He also designed the four doors in a Gurdwara, proclaiming that "My faith is for the people of all castes and all creeds from whichever direction they come and to whichever direction they bow." He also declared that all Sikhs should donate a tenth of their earnings to charity. The greatest contribution he made to the Sikh faith was to compile all of the past Gurus' writings into one book, now the Holy Scripture: the Guru Granth Sahib. It was this holy book that made him a martyr ‎.

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev: Guru Arjan included the compositions of both Hindu and Muslim saints which he considered consistent with the teachings of Sikhism. In 1606, the Muslim Emperor Jahangir ordered that he be tortured and sentenced to death after he refused to remove all Islamic and Hindu references from the Holy book. He was made to sit on a burning hot sheet while boiling hot sand was poured over his body. After enduring five days of unrelenting torture Guru Arjan was taken for a bath in the river. As thousands watched he entered the river never to be seen again. Jahangir was angered by the number of Muslims who converted to Sikhism. Professor J. F. Richard’s view that Jahangir was "persistently hostile to popularly venerated religious figures" is instructive, though it appears that Jahangir only took action against religious figures he saw as threats to the state‎.

Events:

  • Vaisakhi : Vaisakhi Day in the year 1699, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh laid down the foundation of the Panth Khalsa, that is the Order of the Pure Ones. This day is also observed as the Thanksgiving Day by the farmers whereby the farmers pay their tribute, thanking God for the abundant harvest and also praying for the future prosperity. Vaisakhi is one of the important festivals celebrated with fun and fervor by people of other religions too. Vaisakhi is widely celebrated by Sikhs in Western Punjab (Pakistan) as well, with festivities centered on the Panja Sahib complex in Hasan Abdal, numerous Gurudwaras in Nankana Sahib, and in various historical sites in Lahore. It is culturally and traditionally regarded as an important and significant Punjabi festival, further exemplified by the thousands of Sikh pilgrims from around the world arriving each year to commemorate the day at the sacred Sikh sites of Nankana Sahib and Hasan Abdal. Further, local Pakistani's offer their well wishes and welcome the incoming pilgrims. In April 2009, the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee announced plans for formally organising the event on a larger scale in the country as well as expressing intentions for elegant arrangements. In 2010, over 20,000 pilgrims were expected to arrive in Pakistan for the celebrations, a significant increase over previous years.
  • Death Anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh : As many as 500 Indian Sikh yatrees will come to Lahore on June 21,2013 at the Wahga railway station by a special train to observe the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh at Gurdwara Dera Sahib Lahore. During their 10-day stay in Pakistan, the Sikh pilgrims will leave for Janamastan of Baba Gurunanak Sahib at Nankana Sahib on June 21 where they will stay for two days and perform religious rituals. Then they will leave for Sucha Sauda, Farooqabad, on June 23. On June 24, the yatrees will leave for Gurdwara Punja Sahib Hassanabad and stay for three days to perform some rituals. They will go back to Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore on June 27. On June 28, the yatrees will visit Aimanabad and Kirtarpur in Narowal and return to Gurdwara Dera Sahib Lahore on the same day. The Sikh yatrees will perform their special rituals in Dera Sahib on June 29.
  • Jore Mela : The three-day festival held in connection with the death anniversary of Guru Arjun Dev Jee is attended with religious fervor by many Sikh Pilgrims. After visiting other gurdwaras, including Janam Asthan, the birth place of Baba Guru Nanak, they will reach Gurdwara Dera Sahib for the main festival.
  • Birthday of Guru Nanak : Guru Nanak is the founder of the religion of Sikhism and is the first of the ten Sikh Gurus, the eleventh guru being the living Guru, Guru Granth Sahib. His birth is celebrated world-wide on Kartik Puranmashi, the full-moon day which falls on different dates each year in the month of Katak, October-November. Nanak was born on 15 April 1469,now celebrated as Guru Nanak Gurpurab, at Rāi Bhoi Kī Talvaṇḍī, now called Nankana Sahib, near Lahore, in present day Pakistan.[6] Today, his birthplace is marked by Gurdwara Janam Asthan.

 

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