Friday, January 8, 2010

Fazilka's sacred Gurudwara Nanaksar Tobha

Situated on Abohar road in Punjab's Fazilka town is Gurudwara Nanaksar
Tobha that stands in testimony to a visit by Guru Nanak, the first
Sikh Guru. While travelling to Multan, now in Pakistan, the Sikh Guru
came here with Bhai Bala and Bhai Mardana and rested under a Beri Tree
near Tobha or a pond for nine days. Since then the frail and sick have
been coming here to take a holy dip in the pond that is believed to
have the power to cure.

"Dhan Dhan Guru Guru Nanak Dev ji stayed here for sometime on his way
to Multanpur. He took rest with his followers under a beri tree near a
tobha (pond) and since then the gurudwara was named as Gurudwara Shri
Nanaksar Tobha. His visit here made this land sacred," said Hardeep
Singh, head Granthi.

Hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib captivate the visitors, who come to
the Sanctum . There is a feeling of humility and submission to the
great Guru, and everyone recalls the times when the first Guru of the
Sikhs had walked in this very place. The experience of immersing
oneself in devotion and prayer here, away from the hustle and bustle
of life and daily routine, lifts the soul and the spirit.

"People have great belief in this gurudwara. All wishes get fulfilled
here. The sangat comes with great faith. This gurudwara gives peace of
mind. We get our wishes fulfilled," a visitor said.The wholehearted
spirit of humanity lives on- true picture of Sikhism- the spirit of
selfless service to mankind. People have an ardent belief in all holy
places visited by the ten Sikh gurus, and the calm and serene
Gurudwara Nanaksar Tobha welcomes every passerby.

By Avtar Singh (ANI)

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