Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Kashmir

Today we are celebrating Parkash Utsav (birthday) of the first Sikh Guru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji  - founder of  Sikh religion. Teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji impressed upon oneness of ...

Today we are celebrating Parkash Utsav (birthday) of the first Sikh Guru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji  – founder of  Sikh religion. Teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji impressed upon oneness of God and love for  all creations. His three basic teaching are:
Remembering God at all times (ceaseless devotion to God) 
Earning and living honestly  
Helping others-those who are in need

Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born in 1469 AD at Nankana Sahib, Lahore. He accomplished Udasis (preaching tours)  to different  directions  and  covered  almost 14, 000 miles on  foot.  Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji began  his  second  Udasis in 1517 AD   and  entered valley  in the last phase. His stay at  Hari Parbat  and  visit   to Shankry Acharya temple  is   recorded in books. At Residency Road, Srinagar where today Acharya Sri Chand Mandir is  established  Guruji  met two renowned persons of that time, Mahatma Shri Abinashi Muni ji  and  Pandit Shri  Parshotam Dass Koul ji.  Baba Sri Chand  Ji  who, elder  son  of  Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji  stayed  at this  place (Prof. Seva Singh, 2005) . Later Gurdwara at  Amira Kadal  was  established in his memory. A historical Gurdwara at Beerwa, Budgam also depicts visit of  Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji  there. Thereafter Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji proceeded towards  Awantipora  where a gurudwara was recently build on National Highway  Awantipora. Exchange of thoughts between Sufi Dervesh Kamaal Sahib and Sri  Guru Nanak  Dev ji  is also recorded in books. At Bijbehara, it is believed, Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji met  a pious lady Goopi Diee  and a  Gurdwara is built there.
At  Mattan, South Kashmir Sri  Guru Nanak  Dev ji  had  discussions with various  religious  persons. One among them was Shri Braham Dass ji  who  was  a literary pious person   with  vast  knowledge in religion. He used to carry religious books on a cart. He was very much impressed with Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji.
Later people established  a Gurudwara in Mattan  in memory of the visit of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji. In Pahalgam  we  can see a  Gurdwara  constructed in the loving memory of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji  who   stayed  there  before  visiting  Amarnath Cave. Afterwards Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji left  towards  Jammu  region enroute   stayed  at Qazigund  where  a gurudwara  is built in his  memory.
On the basis of written reference in history books, Sikh literature and construction of gurdwaras  we  can  say  that  people  who have faith in   sikh religion  are   living  in Kashmir  since the inception of Sikhism  by  Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji in 1469 A.D. Sikhs  are  part and parcel of  Kashmir in all  aspects; living  and  sharing  things with their Kashmiri brethren  since centuries.
Let us remember and observe   the  teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji: Love, respect, brotherhood, and harmony between different religions.

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