Gurudwara Pathar Sahib was built in 1517 in the memory of Guru Nanak Devji, who was the founder and first guru of the Sikh religion. Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is located in Ladakh at a distance of about 25 miles from Leh. This magnificent Gurudwara was established in the memory of Guru Nanak Devji’s visit to the region.
Gurudwara Parthar Sahib is held in regard by both Sikh and Buddhist community. Guru Nanak Ji has been well respected among the Tibetan Buddhist; they revere him as Guru Gompka Maharaj and Nanak Lama.
The story behind Gurudwara Pathar Sahib :
There is quite an interesting story attached to the history of Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. It is said that in the 16th century (between 1515-1517) Guru Nanakji was travelling to Nepal, Sikkim, and Tibet. On his way back to Punjab Guru Nanak rested at this place. While he was there he came to know that the people of this region were terrorised and victimised by a demon.
The demon used to attack, kill and cause a great deal of trouble to the people. It is said that locals prayed to the god for help. Guru Nanak heard their woes and came to their rescue. He decided to settle down near the residence of the demon which was down the hill at the river bank.
Guru Nanak blessed and enlightened the people with sermons, people held him in high regard and he was named Nanak Lama. The demon did not like it and got furious. He planned to kill Guru Nanak by throwing a giant boulder at him while he was meditating down the hill. The demon did as he planned but as the boulder reached down the hill and touched Guru Nanak’s back it has changed its state from hard boulder to soft warm wax.
The demon came down the hill thinking he would have succeeded in his plan; to his surprise, he found Guru Nanak safe, sound, and still meditating. He again attempted to attack Guru with the boulder. As he tried to push boulder with his right foot but because the boulder has the softness of wax his left foot got imprinted in the boulder.
At this point, the demon had realised his helplessness and learnt that he was powerless in front to positive spiritual power. He then with deep regret apologised to Guru Nanak. The demon was enlightened and guided by Guru Nanak; he finally gave up the evil deeds and followed the path of peace and goodness.
The famous Gurudwara is said to be built on the same site. The boulder which has the impression of back, shoulders, head of Guru Nanak and footprint of demon is still there at the site.
Discovery Gurudwara Pathar Sahib :
Around the 1970s when Leh – Nimu was getting constructed, a boulder was seen at the road which had Buddhist flags all over it. In order t pursue the construction work, a worker attempted to remove the boulder with the help of a bulldozer. Even after the hardest efforts, the bulldozer did not move at all, in fact, the blades of bulldozer broke and the work was stopped for the day. Later that night, the driver of bulldozer had a dream, where he was told not to move the boulder.
Next morning he told the entire thing to the army officers who refused to take it seriously and decided that they will use dynamite to get rid of the boulder. The army officer also had the same dream but still, he considered the best to ignore it. The following morning locals and Lamas visited the army officers and narrated the entire story to them. After learning this Indian army along with help from Lamas ad locals built the Gurudwara. Today the Indian army looks after the Gurudwara.
The best to visit the GuruDwara is in summer from June to October. In winters due to heavy snowfalls roads to Leh and farther are closed. However option of reaching by air remains open throughout the year. You can book your hotel at Leh and visit the Gurudwara to offer prayers. People who have visited the shrine recommend visiting it. The scenic view, beauty of spirituality and other option to explore in Leh Ladakh are reason enough to visit.
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