Nankana Sahib is located in the Punjab province. Nankana Sahib is the most important religious place for the Sikh community. This city is named after the first Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak was born in this city on April 15, 1469 and began preaching his religion. Guru Nanak selected “Bhai Lehna” as the successor Guru. Guru Nanak died at the age of 70 on September 22, 1539, in Kartarpur, shortly after announcing his successor. The distance between Lahore and Nankana Sahib is 62 km and 75 km from Faisalabad. This city’s population was 79,540, according to the survey of 2017. It was part of the Sheikhupura district until 2005. After that, it was given the status of a separate district
Following are the places to must visit if you happen to visit Nankana.
Nankana Sahib Gurdwara
Gurdwara Nankana Sahib is located in the Nankana Sahib city. The birthplace of Baba Guru Nanak is holy to society. The town was called Nankana Sahib because of the residence of Baba Guru Nanak. Estate is now under the jurisdiction of the Auqaf Administration and the primary source of revenue for the maintenance of Gurdwara in Nankana Sahib. The town was established as a Tehsil district of Sheikhupura in 1919.There are a lot of Gurdwaras in the city named, Patti Sahib, Kiyara Sahib, Malji Sahib, 5th and 6th Padhashi, Balilah Sahib, and Tamboo Sahib. Among all, Gurdwara Nankana Sahib is a highly regarded Gurdwara, located on the place where the Father of Sikhism, Guru Nanak was assumed to have been born. The temple is situated in the town of Nankana Sahib. Gurdwara Nankana Sahib is assumed to be located on the site where Guru Nanak was born to Mata Tripta and mother Mehta Kalu.
Quba Mosque also known as Madina Mosque, is also situated in the city Nankana Sahib. Its architecture is similar to Quba Mosque of Madina.
Nankana Lake Resort
A very beautiful and charming lake resort is situated about 4km away from Nankana Sahib City.
A Luxury Resort & Rana Hunting
Rana hunting and the luxury resort is attractive and lush green place worth visit. It is located about 30km away from Nankana Sahib. It consists of 14 acres of eye-catching and lush green grass and 200 acres of bamboo thick jungle. This place attracts the tourists most because of some unworthy features that make it top tourist attraction of the city. Main features of the resort are:
- Canteens and restaurants
- Swimming pool
- Music corner
- Meeting halls
- Wildlife reservation
- Bamboo jungle
- Prayer areas
Significance of Nankana Sahib
About 50 thousands Sikhs live in Pakistan. A large population of Sikh is in Peshawar city, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. A significant number of Sikhs are living in Nankana Sahib. Gurdwara Nankana Sahib was a place of brutal incidence, during British government, more than 130 Akali Sikhs were killed in 1921. This incident is considered one of the crucial stages in the Development Movement of Gurdwara, which resulted in the introduction of Gurdwara Act in 1925 and ended the Mahnat’s regulation.
Gurdwara Nankana Sahib Festival
Thousands of Sikhs from all over the world visit Gurdwara Nankana Sahib every year to celebrate the birth anniversary of Baba Gurunanak, the forefather of their religion. This event is also known as Gurpurab or Guru Nanak Jyanti. This special event is also responsible for the opening of Kartarpur corridor for Indian devotees. Birth anniversary of Gurunanak is held from 10-12 November every year on the full moon day in the Kartik month in the Hindu calendar. Pilgrims recite their holy book “Sikh Granth Sahib” and performed the religious ritual of Akhand path. This carnival is also manifest with a march past. In this parade Guru Granth Sahib is carried on a palki (beautifully decorated float with flowers and ribbons) with armed guards.
Sikh devotees attend this occasion in their traditional dresses. They make special foods and exchange with their friends and relatives. A sweet is distributed to people called “Parsaat”. The Sikh devotees take shower in their holy pool.
So, next time you visit, do not forget to get awestruck by the above mentioned places. If there are more places you want to be included, just ping us!