Haridwar is an ancient city and municipality in the Haridwar district of the State of Uttarakhand.
There are 3 Historic Sikh sites and/ or Gurdwaras in Haridwar.
Haridwar, situated on the bank of river Ganges, is a popular site for hindus. As the sun comes out in the morning, people start throwing water with their hands towards the sun from the river.
According to 2 Sikh janam sakhis, Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji's visit to Haridwar took place on Vaisakhi in 1504 AD.
When Guru Nanak visited Haridwar, he asked the people what they were doing. A brahman replied, 'We are offering water to our dead ancestors in the region of the Sun to quench their thirst.'
Upon this, Guru Nanak started throwing water towards the west. The hindu pilgrims were astonished and asked Guru Nanak what he was doing. Guru Nanak replied, 'I am watering my fields in Punjab.' The brahman asked, 'How can your water reach such a distance?'. Guru Nanak asked, 'How far your ancestors are from here?'. One of the brahmans replied, 'In the other world.'
Guru Nanak said, 'If this water cannot reach my fields which are about four hundred miles away from here, how can your water reach your ancestors who are not even on this earth?' The crowd stood in dumb realization. Some of the listeners came to understand the point made by Guru Nanak. They realized that the water that they were throwing simply returned to the river and it is a fake belief that it could reach their ancestors.
Led by so-called holy men, people would throw water towards the morning sun. Guru Nanak guided them to the truth.
Guru Nanak preached against superstitions, false rituals, worship of demi-gods and goddesses. Guru Nanak stressed that only One God, the Formless, is to be glorified. In this way, Guru Nanak showed the path of truth and enlightenment.
Reincarnation contradicts the phenomenon of hindus invoking the spirit of the dead. The hindus have no official set of principles nor official headquarters and Guru Nanak's visit to Haridwar exposed these fake hindu rituals. Its sad to see hindus still following these fake beliefs at Haridwar, even today, even though many drown.
Gurdwara Sri Gyan Godri Sahib was located on the bank of the river Ganges where Guru Nanak stayed during his visit to Haridwar.
When Bhai Mardana's shadow fell over a vaishno sadhu, the sadhu went beserk.
This Gurdwara was demolished by hindu terrorists supported by the hindu government of India in the Sikh Genocide of 1984. The western world has turned a blind eye to Sikh Genocide and this Gurdwara has now been lost.
It is said that a clandestine hindu nationalistic organization, Bharat (motherland) Scouts and Guides, and some shops are occupying the Gurdwara site. Sikhs are not allowed to visit.
Sri Guru Amar Das Ji visited this location in Haridwar 22 times during his life.
Guru Amar Das came here 21 times before he became Guru and just once afterwards. Guru Amar Das understood the truth and taught others that making pilgrimages was not the way to worship, gain mukhti or to join with God. God is within us and in all other beings around us.
Historic Place Of Har Ki Pauri, located on the bank of the river Ganga, is a truly amazing heritage site. The Gurdwara is one of a very few that is relatively untouched from the destruction caused by using concrete and marble in making newer and larger buildings.
This Gurdwara, originally built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, has some early 19th Century wall and ceiling paintings (on the inside) including some of a vedic nature. Although the paintings are not in keeping with Sikh philosophy they are still an important part of the life and history of this Gurdwara. There is no Guru Granth Sahib in the building which only has a Thara marking where Guru Amar Das would sit and hold diwans.
Unfortunately, as the pictures show, some of the walls have been white washed covering the historic paintwork. More recent pictures from 2015 show that the internal walls are now covered with marble causing further damage. The area outside the Gurdwara is full of sewage and rubbish.
Guru Amar Das makes a journey to Haridwar in order to teach the hindu masses the truth about God and their beliefs.
The historic building next door is said to have been the haveli of the Maharaja of Patiala is also falling into ruins. It seems that people responsible for looking after Gurdwaras on behalf of all Sikhs are incapable of maintaining Sikh history. Prakash of Guru Granth Sahib takes place in a Gurdwara building on the other side of the courtyard in the nornal way.
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