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Historical Gurdwaras of Punjab dedicated to Guru Arjan Sahib

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Punjab Classified by Guru
Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Guru Angad Sahib
Guru Amardas Sahib
Guru Ramdass Sahib
Guru Arjan Sahib
Guru Hargobind Sahib
Guru Har Rai Sahib
Guru Harkrishan Sahib
Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib
Guru Gobind Singh Sahib
Gurdwara Chaubara Sahib, Goindwal, Dist. Amritsar

Guru Arjan Dev was born here in 1563. This was the family home of Guru Amar Das who founded the town of Goindwal and settled down here upon becoming Guru on the advice of Guru Amar Das. In this same house Guru Ram Das was installed as Guru in 1574. Guru Amar Das left this world here in 1574 and Guru Ram Das left this world here in 1581.

Gurdwara Guru Ka Mahl, Dist. Amritsar

It was in the house here that Guru Arjan Dev was married. Guru Arjan Dev was also installed as Guru here in 1581. This was the home of Guru Ram Das and his family. Guru Ram Das founded the city of Ramdaspur (modern day Amritsar) and started the excavation of the 'pool of nectar' called Amritsar. Guru Hargobind lived here for some time and was also married here. This is also the birthplace of Guru Hargobind's sons Baba Atal Rai and Guru Tegh Bahadur.

Sri Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple), Dist. Amritsar

The Harmandir Sahib (meaning Temple of God) is also commonly known as the Golden Temple or Darbar Sahib (Divine Court). The Golden Temple is a living symbol of the spiritual and historical traditions of the Sikhs. It is a source of inspiration for all Sikhs and their chief place of pilgrimage. The temple with it's glistening gold covered exterior stands in the middle of the tank of nectar. The Harmandir Sahib has entrances and doors on all four sides. Guru Arjan Dev exclaimed; "My faith is for the people of all castes and all creeds from whichever direction they come and to whichever direction they bow." Guru Amar Das asked Ram Das to build a central place of congregation for the Sikhs. Guru Ram Das started excavation work in 1577 during his lifetime. Guru Arjan Dev completed excavation of the Tank known as Amritsar (The Pool of Nectar) in 1588. Guru Arjan Dev then started construction of the Temple building itself which was finally completed in 1601. The first edition of the Holy Book of the Sikh's The Guru Granth Sahib was installed there in 1604 with Baba Buddha as the first granthi (caretaker of the book). The last Sikh Guru to live in Amritsar was Guru Hargobind. In 1664 Guru Tegh Bahadur visited The Golden Temple but was refused entry by the corrupt temple caretakers, the Masands. The Golden Temple has always been a rallying point for Sikhs throughout it's history. Around 1740 Massa Ranghar, the Muslim ruler of Amritsar desecrated the Temple by using it as a dancing hall. He was killed by the Sikh hero Mahtab Singh. In 1761 the Afghan Ahmed Shah Abdali blew up the Temple and filled in the Sacred Tank with refuse. The great Sikh martyr Baba Deep Singh laid down his life in revenge. The construction of the Golden Temple as it appears today was begun in 1764 when Jassa Singh Ahluwalia laid the foundation stone. Many of the doors, walls and domes were covered with copper sheets overlaid with gold during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Gurdwara Sri Tarn Taran Sahib, Dist. Amritsar

Around 1590 Guru Arjan Dev set out on a tour of the country between the rivers Ravi and Beas. Here Guru Arjan Dev bought some land and laid the foundation of a Gurdwara in honor of Guru Ram Das and started the excavation of a tank even larger than Amritsar. The Gurdwara has one of the largest tanks and resembles the Golden Temple, except that it is built on the side of the tank and has a marble exterior. Guru Arjan Dev also established the first home for lepers in India at Tarn Taran.

Gurdwara Tham Sahib, Kartarpur, Dist. Jalandhar

When visiting the Jalandhar area Guru Arjan Dev purchased some land and founded the town of Kartharpur. A sandalwood post (Tham) stands in the Gurdwara, Guru Arjan Dev had stuck it into the ground exclaiming "This shall be the support of our faith."

Gurdwara Bath Sahib, Dist. Gurdaspur

The ascetic son of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the founder of the Udasi order Baba Sri Chand lived here deep in the forest for the last part of his life. Baba Sri Chand was visited here by Guru Arjan Dev who told Baba Sri Chand about the hostility of the Gurus elder brother. Baba Sri Chand replied: "This will be his undoing and ruin both in this world and the next". Guru Hargobind also visited Baba Sri Chand here and when Baba Sri Chand complimented the Guru on his chivalry and piety, Guru Hargobind replied with great humility, "It is all the result of your blessing". Guru Hargobind also gave his son Baba Gurditta to Baba Sri Chand as the next leader of the Udasi order. Baba Sri Chand died and was cremated here in 1612 at the ripe old age of 118.


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