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Gurdwara Sahib Kolayat

Location - Kolayat, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

Associated with - Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Sikh Artifacts - None

Sarovar - None

Sarai - None

Both Guru Nanak Sahib Ji and Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji visited Kolayat seperately.

Guru Nanak Sahib's Visit

Guru Nanak Sahib visited Kolayat during his second udasi to the south. It was here that Guru Ji spoke with some Jains, called Dhoondiyas. Guru Nanak met with Jains several times during his udasi to the south.

The Dhoondiyas would not wash and would keep their mouth covered because they tried not to harm small organisms and it would be a great sin if they did so.

Guru Nanak explained one should be pure from heart, mind and soul and to live unhygienically is not a pious deed. Living unhygienically starts various diseases and it would not be safe for other people.

The Dhoondiya Jains did not know how to respond.

Guru Nanak came to Kolayat from Bikaner and continued his journey to other parts of Rajasthan.

Guru Gobind Singh's Visit

Guru Ji wrote the Zafarnama and sent Bhai Daya Singh to deliver the document to Aurangzeb. Bhai Daya Singh ji and his companion Bhai Dharam Singh ji returned to Malwa as Guru Sahib was planing to leave on his way south. They had sucessfully delivered the Guru's admonitory letter, the Zafarnama to Emperor Aurangzeb at Ahmadnagar - just before the Emperor's death.

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There being no Sikh population at Kolayat, no memorial or Gurdwara was set up in honour of the Guru's visit until 1968, when a Sikh who had recently settled in the area constructed Gurdwara Sahib Kolayat in a single room near the bank of an artificial lake northeast of the town.

It is served by a Sikh farmer whose farmhouse is close by. Sikhs from nearby villages and farmhouses assemble here to celebrate the birth anniversaries of Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh.

The Gurdwara is under Baba Amrik Singh of Dukhniwaran Sahib, Patiala. Sangats from Punjab visit the Gurdwara for Sewa (selfless service). Langar is distributed 24hrs.

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