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Gurdwara Sri Panja Sahib

Location - Hassan Abdal, Attock, Punjab, Pakistan

Associated with - Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji

Sikh Artifacts - Hand print in rock

Sarovar - Yes

Sarai - unknown

Gurdwara Sri Panja Sahib is a gurdwara situated at Hassan Abdal, 48 kilometres (30 miles) from Rawalpindi in Pakistan.

This is one of the most holy places of Sikhism because of the presence of a rock believed to have the hand print of Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji imprinted on it. Sikhs visit this Gurdwara from all over the world.

Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji along with Bhai Mardana Ji reached Hasan Abdal in 1521 AD during the summer season.

While sitting under a cool shady tree, Guru Nanak and Bhai Mardana started reciting Kirtan and people gathered around.

This annoyed the local muslim pir, Baba Wali Qandhari, who would meditated atop a nearby hill.

Guru Nanak sent Bhai Mardana to Wali Qandhari 3 times so he could provide him and the villagers with water to quench their thirst. Wali Qandhari refused his request and was rude to him.

In spite of this, Mardana still very politely stuck to his demand. The Wali ironically remarked, 'Why don't you ask your Master whom you serve?'

Mardana went back to Guru Nanak in a miserable state and said, 'Oh Guru Nanak! I prefer death to thirst but will not approach Wali the egoist.'

Guru Nanak replied, 'Bhai Mardana, repeat the name of God, the almighty; and drink the water to your heart's content.'

Guru Nanak pulled a big rock, lying nearby, aside and a pure fountain of water sprang up and began to flow endlessly. Bhai Mardana quenched his thirst and felt grateful to the Guru.

Unfortunately, the fountain of Wali Qandhari dried up. On witnessing this, Wali Qandhari in his rage threw a massive boulder towards Guru Nanak from the top of the hill.

Guru Nanak stopped the rock with his hand leaving his hand print in the rock. Observing the miracle, Wali Qandhari became the Guru's Sikh.

This holy and revered place was named Panja Sahib by Hari Singh Nalwa, the famous General of the Sikh Empire. Hari Singh Nalwa is credited with having built the first gurdwara at this place.

The tomb of Wali Qandhari is located at the top of the large hill nearby. The hill which is 1.5 km's away is a nice walk with an excellent view.

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