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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