A Gurudwara is a divine place for the followers of the Sikhs just like a Mandir is for the Hindus. Gurudwara means the door to the Guru! Though, actually it is the worship place of the Sikhs, people from all faith and religions come here to get their blessings heard by the almighty as somewhere in their heart each of them believe that, there’s only one God and you can be heard by him anywhere. Every Gurudwara consists of a Darbar Sahib, the sacred scripture Guru Granth Sahib is placed onto an elevated throne called as takhat. There are Raagis right there at the Gurudwara who elaborately sing the snippets from the Guru Granth Sahib.
The most well known and highly revered of all the Gurudwaras is the great Golden temple which is called with the name Harmandir Sahib and is located in the state of Punjab in Amritsar. It’s written in Sikh sculptures that the first Gurudwara was built by Guru Nanak Dev, the first Guru of the Sikhs in Punjab on the bank of Ravi River in the year 1521. Now this Gurudwara lies in West Punjab which now lies in Pakistan. Initially there were many worship centres, which were built so that people can gather and listen to the spiritual discourse sing in the reverence of the almighty, the Waheguru. Gradually with the growth in population of the Sikhs, the word Guruwara became famous which was introduced by Hargobind, the sixth Guru of the Sikhs.
Here we will be describing about some the historical Gurudwaras. These Gurudwaras have been revered by the followers of Sikhism from last many years.
1. Nankana Sahib: This Gurudwara has been named after Guru Nanak, who was born here in the city and began his journey of preaching here and he was also the first Guru of Sikh religion. Nanak Sahib is located in Pakistan in the province of Punjab and is the capital of Nankana Sahib District. This highly religious Gurudwaras is located at a distance of around 80 Km from West Lahore.
2. Taran Taran Sahib: There is a city with the name Taran Taran in the Majha region located in the state of Punjab, located in the Northern part of India. It is considered to have been founded by the fifth Guru of the Sikhs, Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji, whose rein was from 1563-1606. The powerful family, who ruled the Dynasty of Bhangi, was believed to be the place from where Taran Taran Sahib has originated.
3. Anandapur Sahib: Anandpur Sahib is the city Rupnagar district of Ropar region in the state of Punjab in India. This place is considered to be one of the most holy places of the Sikhs and is very narrowly linked to the history and traditions of their culture. Surrounded all around with the natural beautiful scenery, it is situated in the lower part of Himalayas with the Sutlej River on the Southern border of the Gurudwara.
4. Goindval: Also known as Goindval Sahib, this gurudwara is located in Majha region of the Taran Taran district, in the state of Punjab in India. Goindval sahib is located at a distance of around 23 km from Taran Taran Sahib. This Gurudwara is located on the bank of Beas River and is considered to be one of the central places of the Taran Taran district.