Gurdwara Dera Sahib, Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji


Gurdwara Dehra Sahib is associated with Guru Arjan Dev ji martyrdom.

At this place where after many days of torture, the fifth Guru disappeared into the River Ravi, after his guards allowed Guru Arjan to take a bath to cool his many burns. In those days, the Ravi flowed along the wall of the fort.

His son Guru Hargobind ji visited this site of his father's torture when he had a memorial rostrum built to commemorate the martyrdom of Guru Arjan.

Later Maharaja Ranjit Singh had a small Gurdwara built here. As the Maharaja's Gurdwara had no congregational hall one was attached to Gurdwara in 1909, after which daily congregations were regularly held. After that a sarai and a marble gate was erected along with a Nishan Sahib.

In 1925 a local committee was formed to tend to the Gurdwara, which was replaced when in 1927, the S.G.P.C. took over the management and started rebuilding the Gurdwara in 1930. All the work was completed in 1934, including resurfacing the domes in gold.

The recitation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib at this Gurdwara now continues daily. Two Singhs render daily service to this shrine. Every year at the occasion of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji Sikh devotees visit the shrine to pay homage to the great Guru.

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