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Gurdwara Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Manak

Location - (precise location unknown) Manak, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Associated with - Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji

Sikh Artifacts - None

Sarovar - Yes

Sarai - None

This village called Manak is located at a distance of 45 km's from Lahore on Raiwind road. About 4 km's off the main road, a metalled road leads to the village.

When Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji came to village Pajian from Manga, the villagers initially welcomed him but later made fun of him. Jagat Guru left the village and stayed at this place, which was a mound, outside the village.

Some followers asked Guru Nanak as to why he had moved out of the village. Guru Ji said the villagers were "Paji" (mean) and hence the village cane to be called Pajian and the mound came to he known as Manak. It subsequently developed into a big village.

The 3 storey building of Gurdwara had been built beautifully and it was spacious. The complex included a Langar Hall, Prakashasthan, inn, foyer, and a diwan hall built like a haradari. There were samadhs of udasi sadhus and a sarovar close to the Gurdwara. The sarovar has now become a stagnant pool. The buildings are in the process of decay and may become a heap of dust. The central building collapsed around 1997.

82 ghumaon of land has been gifted by villagers to the Gurdwara. The Jats of this village belong to the same grandfather. Some of them were converted to Islam, others became Sikhs while the rest remained hindus.

Vaisakhi fair is held and during the fair the villagers are not allowed to cook in their homes. All, irrespective of their religion, take food from Langar. It is managed by Sikhs, muslims and hindus alternately for one day.

After 1947 a girls school was housed in it but later on the premises was left vacant. When refugees from Mewat arrived they were settled here and they did not bother to maintain it. Floral designs on the walls were erased. It was followed by the caving in of roofs. Now the walls too are falling part.

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