Baramulla district is one of the 22 districts in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The city was earlier known as 'Varahamula' which is Sanskrit for 'boar's molar'.
Baramulla is a boulevard surrounded by breathtaking rice fields and meadows. Baramulla is about 55 km (34 mi) from Srinagar, capital of the Jammu and Kashmir state.
The city of Baramulla was founded by Raja Bhimsina in 2306 BC. A number of visitors have traveled to Baramulla, including Xuanzang from China.
Additionally, Mughal emperors were fascinated by Baramulla. Gateway of the Kashmir Valley, Baramulla was a way station during their visits to the valley. In 1508 AD, Emperor Akbar, who entered the valley via Pakhil, spent several days at Baramulla.
According to Tarikh-e-Hassan, the city was decorated during Akbar's stay. Emperor Jahangir stayed at Baramulla during his visit to Kashmir in 1620.
There are 2 Historic Sikh Gurdwaras in and around Baramulla.
Gurdwara Sri Thara Sahib Singhpura is located in the Singhpura village which is near Baramulla. By road, the Gurdwara is 10 km away from Gurdwara Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Baramulla.
The Gurdwara commemorates the visit of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. After fulfilling the wish of Mai Bhag Bhari at Srinagar, Guru Sahib came here and met an old muslim pir by the name of Bahlor Shah.
Bahlor Shah served Guru Sahib with great respect and devotion. As the site was located on a hill top there was a water shortage, Bahlor Shah asked Guru Ji for help. Guru Hargobind touched the ground with his Barcha (spear) and said there was a well of sweet water for the people to use as they wanted. A well was dug and the water was indeed very good. Even today people can use the water as they want. From here Guru Hargobind went on towards Baramulla.
After Guru Hargobind's visit, Sikhs had a Thara constructed where Guru Sahib sat, rested and held his diwans. Hence the Gurdwara is named as Gurdwara Sri Thara Sahib. At first only a Thara Sahib existed here. The present square domed building surrounded by a verandah was built during the 1930s by the Sikh savant Bhai Vir Singh.
From Singhpura, Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji arrived by the bank of the river Jhelum in Baramulla where the Gurdwara is located. Accompanying Guru Hargobind was Badshah Jahangir. The muslims offered Jahangir a hand made Stone Takht (chair) but Jahangir offered that Takht to Guru Hargobind, and let the muslims take Guru Hargobind's blessings. Guru Hargobind stayed here for some time and would sit on the Takht and have discussions with local Sangat.
Later Guru Hargobind planted a chinaar tree with his own hands and said that the prayers of those who visited here would be answered. Guru Hargobind also said that as the chinaar tree grew so would the popularity of Baramulla. The Gurdwara, previously also known as Gurdwara Sri Koti Tirath Sahib, includes two adjacent halls and a new double-storey building added during the 1980s.
If you are going to visit Baramulla in Kashmir, we would also suggest that you consider visiting nearby Gurdwara Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Parampilla Uri. The Gurdwara is located in a beautiful area approx 41 km's (by road) to the south west of Gurdwara Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Baramulla.
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