Located in the scenic Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Rajouri is a district of composite cultural heritage, in which people of various castes and creeds live in a cordial atmosphere. The Sikh population in the district is about 15,000.
This tiny minority comprises only 2.42% of the total population of the district. However, the Sikh community of Rajouri has maintained their distinct identity and cultural heritage.
A number of Gurdwaras exist in the district, but Gurdwara Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Rajouri is a very important religious place which has been constructed in the memory of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji who stayed at this place between 1616-1620 AD when he was on the way to Kashmir along with the caravan of emperor Jahangir.
After relaxing at Nowshera, the mughal caravan left for Rajouri via Chingus Sarai. At Rajouri, emperor Jahangir camped at Baradari opposite Rajouri town on the bank of Salaini Nallah which was constructed by the great Irani Engineer Ali Mardan Khan on the orders of the mughal emperor.
However, Guru Hargobind Ji stayed in the house of a Sehajdari Sikh, located in the town opposite the Sarai that was constructed by the Jaral Rajas of Rajouri (presently, this Sarai is being used as police post). This is where Gurdwara Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Rajouri is located.
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