Gurdwara Patti Sahib


Patti means a wooden board on which children learn to write alphabets with a pen made of a soft stem. The board could be washed after the lesson and would be given another coating of soft light clay and is re-used

Gurdwara Patti Sahib also called Gurdwara Maulvi Patti Likhi is associated with Guru nanak Dev ji and is located at the site where young Guru Nanak Dev ji learned the various different languages mainly Persian and Arabic which were then used in the Punjabi.

As a young child Guru Nanak Dev Ji first studied Punjabi with Pandit Gopal, then Sanskrit with Pandit Brij Lal and at 13 years of age he mastered Persian studying with Maulvi Kutab Ud Din.

Guru Nanak at the age of seven he astonished his teacher Pandit Gopal with his eloquence in explaining deeper truths about man and God on the Punjabi alphabet giving a divinely inspired interpretation to each letter.

His composition in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (ang 432) known as Patti was written especially to remove the suspicions and doubts in the minds of the Pandits.

This Bani has been composed in the same way that was traditionally used to teach alphabets to children. It consisted of having rhymes with different line starting with different alphabets which helped children in learning pronunciation, usage and other aspects of usage of this alphabet.

This sacred shrine lies midway between Gurdwara Janam Asthan and Gurdwara Bal Lila.

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