In Sikhism, there is nothing more important than the Sangat (congregation). The sangat takes place in a Gurdwara, which translates to ‘door to the Guru’. Gurudwara can also be called community centers for the Sikhs.
“True is that place, where the mind becomes pure. True is the one who abides in Truth.” – Guru Amar Das
Let’s take a spiritual trip to some of the most well-known and holiest Gurdwaras of Himachal Pradesh.
Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib
This shrine has been built in the memory of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. On the banks of river Parvati in Kullu District, Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib is known for its curing hot spring waters. It is believed that a holy bath at the shrine can cure skin diseases like gout.
Gurdwara Shri Paonta Sahib
Gurdwara Shri Paonta Sahib is founded by The 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, in 1685. the last of the living Sikh Gurus, Guru Gobind Singh Ji stayed here up to 1688 and it was here he engaged himself in hunting, training his warrior Sikhs in the martial arts.
Gurudwara Shri Rewalsar Sahib
Situated in Mandi, Gurudwara Shri Rewalsar Sahib was built to honour Guru Gobind Singh Ji. The site of Gurudwara is where Guru Gobind Sahib met Raja Siddh Sen of Mandi. He had visited here on the occasion of Baisakhi festival and stayed here for a month.
Gurudwara Dera Baba Bharbhag
Dedicated to Gurbarbhag Singh, this sacred shrine is situated near Una town atop a hill. Also called Gurudwara Manji Sahib, the shrine comes alive on occasion of a festival called Baba Bharbhag Singh Mela or the Hola Mohalla Fair.
Gurudwara Baru Sahib
Gurudwara Baru Sahib, the land of meditation (tapobhoomi), is the realization of vision of Sant Attar Singh Ji. Baru Sahib, Mastuane Wale (1866–1927), envisaged a place in the Himalayas where souls will acquire spiritual and scientific education and spread the message of universal brotherhood throughout the world.
Gurdwara Guru Gobind Singh
Gurdwara Guru Gobind Singh is situated in Mandi town. Some of the belongings of the Guru are preserved at the Gurudwara.