Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, Pakistan

The Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is significantly located in the connecting ground of India and Pakistan. Gurudwara Darbar Sahib, placed right beyond the banks of River Ravi in Shakargarh, Narowal District in Punjab of Pakistan, is a well celebrated pilgrimage visited by over 30 million Sikhs from all over the world. The main shrine monument was built in the year 1925, by the then Maharaja of Patiala Sardar Bhupindar Singh, as a memorandum of Guru Nanak assembling the Sikh community immediately after the Guru’s missionary travel. The pilgrimage was again repaired by the Punjab Government in the year 1995 and later restored in 2004. In 2018 the shine was designed into a fully fledged complex of surface area 42 acres with courtyard, library, museum, locker rooms and dormitories. The 200 year old 20 feet deep well made up of red bricks still uplifts the grace of the place.

Guru Nanak is said to have lived in the place for the last 18 years of his life. The place witnessed the Guru preaching the three principles of life namely Kirat Karo (work hard for a livelihood), Naam Japo (keep chanting the name of God) and Wand Chako (sharing remuneration with the world). The place significantly upholds the teaching of equality and unity of people of all religion and promotes peaceful living and harmony.

The long wished visa free Kartarpur corridor of the Sikh pilgrims residing in Pakistan finally saw light of hope on November 9th 2019 with the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor on the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary. The place graced by the last breath of Guru Nanak is considered to be the 2nd holiest site for the mankind after Nankana Sahib, the Guru’s birth place.

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