Gurdwara Panja Sahib
Gurdwara Panja Sahib is an attraction to many thousand of Sikhs. It is located 48 kilometers from Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Gurdwara Panja Sahib is a Gurdwara based on a Sakhi about Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Its name, Panja, means outstretched arm. It attracts so many Sikhs because it has a boulder with Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s handprint imprinted in it.
The Sakhi based with Gurdwara Panja Sahib took place in about 1521. This Sakhi claimed that Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Bhai Mardana started reciting keertan in the shade of a tree. Soon devotees started gathering together. This annoyed Wali Kandhari, owner of a well on a hill next to Guru Ji. According to the Sakhi Bhai Mardana was sent three times to Wali Kandhari to ask for water but each time he refused. Then Bhai Mardana came to Guru Ji and complained how Wali Kandhari would not give any water. In reply Guru Ji asked Bhai Mardana to lift a rock. After lifting the rock Wali Kandhari’s well started getting dry and a spring formed at the feet of Bhai Mardana. After being shocked, Wali Kandhari became angry and pushed a boulder into the direction of Guru Ji. Guru Ji calmly lifted his right arm and stopped the boulder with his hand imprinted in it. That was the Sakhi of Gurdwara Panja Sahib.
The actual Gurdwara was built in Muslim style by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Today the current caretaker is Saddam Singh. Twice a year Sikhs get a special visa to come into Pakistan to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib. On the hill where Wali Kandhari pushed the boulder also has a special shrine stands. Even Sikhs climb climb the hill to visit the shrine. The climb up the shrine is over a mile.
That was some basic imformation on Gurdwara Panja Sahib.
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