Gurdwara Sri Manji Sahib Karnal is associated with Sri Guru Nanak Sahib Ji who visited Karnal during his first udasi.
At that time, the people of Karnal were held in awe by a number of muslim Pirs who had built their reputations by conjuring miracles. The leader of the Pir's was Pir Abu Ali Shah Kalandhar.
When Guru Nanak arrived he stayed in a garden. This garden had a small mound, on which Guru Nanak sat and recited hymns (shabads).
Guru Nanak's kirtan brought a number of worshippers. The Muslim pirs did not like this and some of them went and complained to Pir Abu Ali Shah Kalandhar. Pir Abu Ali Shah was angered by what he heard and he set off to meet the Guru, sitting astride a wall.
The Pir hoped to impress Guru Nanak with this miracle. However, before he could reach the place where Guru Nanak was staying, the wall that he was riding on stopped moving and he could not move ahead.
The Pir realized his mistake and accepting defeat he went on foot to pay his obeisance to the Guru. Guru Nanak advised Pir Abu Ali Shah Kalandhar to shun such practices and use his spiritual strength for the good of the people.
Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji also visited this place on his way to Delhi in 1663. In 1709, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur captured Karnal and established Sikh rule here.
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