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Gurdwara Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Shikarpur

Location - (precise location unknown) Shikarpur, Sukkur, Sindh, Pakistan

Associated with - Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji

Sikh Artifacts - None

Sarovar - None

Sarai - None

Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji visited Shikarpur while coming from Turkistan (a region in Central Asia, which today is largely inhabited by people of Turkic descent) on his way back to Kartarpur (Ravi).

There, Noor Nushtar, a poor butcher who was grazing some goats, caught sight of Guru Ji, who was wearing the attire of a faqir, he kindly took the Guru a glass of milk.

Guru Nanak asked the reason for him bringing the milk. The butcher replied, 'I'm a poor man, I haven't a penny. I have heard, if we serve the faqirs, they give blessings which become true. That's why I bhought the milk for you, thinking that you would make me a rich man of this land.'

Guru Ji replied, 'Take a bath at amrit vela (early in the morning), reciting the name of the lord. Always serve the needy, if you can. By that alone all your wishes will become true.'

Then a weaver named Dawood, brought a galicha (carpet or Dari) for Guru Nanak. He asked the Guru to put the galicha down and sit down on it.

Guru Nanak said, 'The earth is the galecha, which is spread by the lord. This galeecha neither grows old nor becomes dirty.' There was a pregnant female dog, that was shivering with cold. Guru ji said. 'Put this galeecha on this pregnant female dog and give her food.' Please note this sakhi has been mentioned elsewhere as well.

Dawood told Guru Nanak that he was childless and wanted a child. Guru Sahib gave Dawood blessings and said that his wish would be fulfilled. From Shikarpur, Guru Nanak travelled towards Sindh.

Shikarpur is a very big town of Sukkur district. The Gurdwara is now known in Sindhi language as "Puj Udasian Samadha Ashram". It is a large site. The Banyan tree where Guru Nanak sat is still said to be present.

Prakash of Guru Granth Sahib Ji takes place daily. There are non-Sikh samadhs of udasis beside the Prakash asthan. A wooden baradari is built on these samadhs and has been painted red. It is because of these samadhs that the place is known as Samadh Ashram. The Sangat is Nanakpanthi. The Langar is distributed round the clock.

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