Gurdwara Sri Gwari Ghat Sahib is located at Gwarighat which is a famous stepped embankment (a ghat) alongside the river Narmada in the city of Jabalpur in the State of Madhya Pradesh.
Located almost dead center in India the Gurdwara is surrounded with a very picturesque setting.
Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji, the founder of Sikhi, undertook four journeys, also known as udasis (literally a somber state of mind, here - travels).
In order for Guru Nanak to spread his message, Guru Ji traveled four times in four different directions from his native Punjab.
During Guru Nanak's first udasi (started in 1501 when the Guru was 31 years of age) Guru Nanak traveled to the east and south of India.
During his return trip Guru Nanak and his companion Mardana walked along the northeast side of the River Narmada until they reached Gwarighat near present day Jabalpur where they crossed the river.
Giani Gyan (also spelled Gian) Singh, the renowned poet has described the crossing of the Narmada river in his 'Panth Parkash':
After blessing Vindhyachal, river Narmada was crossed,
Jabalpur and Chitrakoot and Rikhanpur were blessed.
The 'Panth Parkash' also records that this is where Guru Nanak crossed the Narmada River to give sermons to Sarbang Rishi. From ancient times the old road from Jabalpur to Nagpur passed through Gwari ghat. Even now there is no other dock in Jabalpur where the Narmada could be crossed. Satbir Singh and the writers of the old Janam Sakhis (witness accounts of lives of Guru Nanak and other Gurus) have also mentioned the blessing, preaching and reforming of several thugs and criminals operating along the Narmada river by Guru Nanak.
Gurdwara Gwarighat is on the picturesque south bank of the river. For a long time Bhai Tulsa Singh served (did Seva) at this hallowed site associated with Guru Nanak. After Bhai Tulsa Singh left this life the Sikh sangat of Jabalpur constituted a committee to look after the site. The Gurdwara complex includes a Guru ka Langar, a sarai with rooms for Sikhs and travelers to stay, a small museum with paintings to explain the history of Sikhi and a homoeopathic dispensary to provide free medical care for the sick and infirm. Every visitor and traveler is cared for lovingly.
The historic Gurpurab of Hola Mohalla is celebrated here with great pride. Days before the event people start to converge here from far off places with great enthusiasm. Every Sunday a congregation diwan is organized after Akhand Path Bhog. Every week numerous devout Sikhs and others come here to listen to the divine enlightening message and wisdom of Guru Granth Sahib.
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