Sikh Religious places in Pakistan
Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hasan Abdal, Rawalpindi
Some 45 km from Rawalpindi on the main G.T road is the Attock District in which Hasan Abdal is a small flourishing town. Hasan Abdal's running waters and springs have always helped it stay as a cultural nucleus in a populous region. The Sikh "Gurduwara (Temple) of Panja Sahib" at Hasan Abdal is the famous Sikh pilgrimage center and Sikh pilgrims from all over the world flocked here every year in the month of April for the Baisakhi Festival. The temple situated in the center of the town depicts typical Sikh architecture and stands in the middle of a large stone water tank beside the huge stone with the large hand print of Guru Nanak.
In 1928, a new and magnificent three storied temple in gray sand stone was build. The new temple building is designed after the style of the Samadh of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at Lahore, a mixture of Hindu and Muslim architectural features. The site of Panja Sahib is a sacred spot from the Buddhist times.
Samadh of Maharaja Ranjit Singh: (1780-1839) Lahore
This mausoleum of the powerful ruler of the Sikh dynasty is situated just opposite the Lahore Fort. His Samadh occupies the spot where he was cremated. The architecture is mixture of Mughal and Hindu styles. This building was built in 1848 A.D by Kharak Singh son of Ranjit Singh. The square roof with a central fluted dome is crowded around with Naga hood designs. In the center of the sepulchral chamber is a small four column domed marble pavilion beautifully decorated with pietra aura work. In this pavilion is a marble urn in the form of lotus containing ashes of the Maharaja. Eleven smaller knobs hold ashes of four queen and seven slave girls. The interior of the chamber is elaborately decorated with fresco pertaining to Sikh gurus etc.
Kharak Singh, the successor of Ranjit Singh, died in 1840 and their ashes rest side by side with his son Naunihal Singh in the domes of Ranjit Singh's mausoleum
Shrine of Guru Aryan Dev (1563- 1606 A.D) Lahore
This shrine was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the memory of Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh Guru who complied the Adi Granth, the principal part of Sikh scriptures. This shrine has highly gilded attractive dome. The followers of Guru Arjan Singh assert that it is the same spot where Guru Arjan Dev miraculously disappeared in 1606 A.D. in the waters of river Ravi.
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