Paonta Sahib Gurudwara in Himachal Pradesh
On the eastern end of Himachal Pradesh and surrounded by thick Sal forests Paonta Sahib (1,276 feet) is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, the river being the boundary between the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. It is situated near the towns of Nahan in Himachal Pradesh, Yamuna Nagar in Haryana and Dehradun in Uttarakhand. It is on the western extreme of the Doon valley a distance of about 44 Km from Dehradun.
Paonta Sahib Gurudwara
The Gurudwara has linkages to the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh who stayed here for more than four years.
Its original name was Paontika. “Paon” in Hindi means feet and “tika” in Hindi means became stable.
It is believed that Guru Gobind Singh’s horse stopped at this place on its own and he decided to stay here. He wrote many Sikh religious books here and then went to Anandpur Sahib to establish the Khalsa Panth.
He composed his “Dasam Granth” sitting on the banks of the river. Legend says that the mighty Yamuna was flowing very fiercely while the Guru was writing his Granth. So he requested mother Yamuna to slow down so that it does not disturb him. The Yamuna followed his advice and one can notice the mildness of the river near Paonta Sahib.
Within the precincts of the Gurudwara are the Sri Talab Asthan where he disbursed salaries and the Sri Dastar Asthan where he judged the turban tying competitions. At Kavi Darbar Asthan, poetic symposia were held. There is also a museum that displays pens of the Guru and weapons of the time. Also there are information about various Sikh leaders and Gurus.
Walking down the precincts of the Gurudwara is relaxing. One can see hundreds of devotees praying and listening to the Gurubani.
On the occasion of Baishakhi and Holi, the whole town of Paonta Sahib thrives with life.
In winter, the temperature can hover around freezing point when heavy woolens are required. Summer temperature are high and cottons are recommended.
How to Reach Paonta Sahib Gurudwara
Paonta Sahib is easily approachable from Nahan (45 km) and there is regular bus service connecting the places. One can also come from other routes by bus or car/taxi from Dehradun (45 km), Haridwar (117 km) and Shimla (180 km).
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