Gurdwara Paonta Sahib
Gurudwara Paonta Sahib stands dedicated to the memory of Guru Gobind Singh.
It is the place where Guru Gobind Singh dismounted his horse to first touch foot in the Kingdom of Sirmour. The Guru had been invited by Raja Medini Prakash the ruler of Sirmour to visit his kingdom.
Guru Gobind Singh impressed with the welcome of Kingdom of Sirmour and beauty of Sirmour and spent the next four years at Poanta.
In this beautiful place Guru ji give training of martial arts to his Sikh warriors and spent a lot of time in literary activities, composing many works of religious poetry including Jaap Sahib, Sawayyas Patshahi Dasvin, Chandi-di-Var. He filled his Darbar with 52 of India's talented poets and writers to translate the ancient classics of India literature from Sanskrit to Braj or Punjabi.
It is the place from where Guru ji fought his first battle, known as the Battle of Bhangani with neighbouring Hill Chiefs.
It is the place where eldest Sahibzada Baba Ajit Singh ji was born.
Gurdwara Sahib spread out in three acres of land includes the Darbar Sahib (main sanctum); the Guru ka Langar; the Kavi Darbar Asthan, where literary works were written, recited and discussed; the Dastar Asthan, where robes of honour were given out and where Dastar tying contests were also held; a memorial to Rishi Kalpi, whom the Guru had brought from his hermitage to stay here and Gobind Ghat, the landing that leads into the river's waters and a museum displays pens and weapons used by the Guru during his days at Paonta Sahib.
The Hola-Mohla festival is celebrated here with great festivity.
Gurdwara Paonta Sahib is situated in the city of Paonta Sahib. It is part of the district of Sirmour, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India.