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Gurdwara Chatti Patshahi : A CALL TO FAITHFUL

Updated: May 23, 2015 5:28 pm

In the middle of Srinagar stands a religious place that has a story to narrate: the story about the faith and devotion. Standing like a jewel in the crown and a symbol of towering faith is the Gurdwara Chatti Patshahi.

Irrespective of caste, creed or race, everybody comes here to seek spiritual solace and fulfillment. It represents a distinct religious identity of Sikhism in Kashmir. Peace fills the place and the echoes of faith resonate across the mountains that surround the Gurudwara.

The Gurdwara Chatti Patshahi in Srinagar is one of the most important Sikh pilgrimage sites in Kashmir. It is located in Rainawari just outside the Kathi Darwaza of Hari Parbat fort. This historical Gurdwara is enumerated as one of the tourist destinations of Srinagar. It is named after the sixth Sikh Guru Guru Hargobind Singhji, who came to Kashmir to preach Sikhism. Guru Nanak Devji and Guru Gobind Singhji also visited the place.

The Gurdwara is spread out on a rectangular hall with the sanctum in the middle and a spacious terrace in front of the historical pilgrimage. A well nearby is said to have been dug on the orders of Guru Hargobind Singhji. It is believed  that the water of the well has healing power.

As per revelations, there is a story related with the place. it is believed an old blind lady, Mai Bag  Bhari, who was an ardent disciple of Guru Hargobind Sahib, had prepared a khadar chola for Guru  Sahib. Her last wish was to see the Guru and to present the chola woven by her.

It is said that the blind lady had been seeing a dream for years that Guru Hargobindji visitsed her. She had firm belief that one day Guru Hargobindji will visit  her. After hearing her wish, the Guruji visited Kashmir to meet her. She offered the Guru the gown, which she had made for him. Furthermore, she revealed her wish to see his glimpse.

Guru Sahib shoved the ground with his barcha, a spring gushed out of the ground. Guru Sahib asked Mai Bhag Bhari to wash her eyes with the water. On doing so, she regained her sight instantly and was able to see. Seeing the Guruji at the first glance, she fell on his feet and was overwhelmed by joy. She had no other desires as her  final wish was granted. But she requested the Guruji to release her soul from her body. Her appeal was accepted and she left for heavenly abode. Guru Sahib himself cremated her on the left side of Gurdwara Sahib.

People travel thousands of miles to visit the Gurdwara where, they believe, their wishes would be heard and fulfilled. Like other sacred places, the Gurdwara Chatti Patshahi is famous amoung the Sikh followers and others.

By Manzoor Zahoor

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