Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib

The Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib, also known as Gurdwara Sri Gyan Godri Sahib, meaning "treasure of knowledge" was one of the holiest Gurdwara at Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar in the state of Uttarakhand, India.[1] It existed at the place where The Bharat Scouts and Guides office exists today at the market in Subhash Ghat of Har Ki Pauri which is verified by Municipal Corporation Haridwar records of 1935.[2][3]

Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib
ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਗਿਆਨ ਗੋਦੜੀ ਸਾਹਿਬ
Religion
AffiliationSikhism
Location
LocationHar Ki Pauri, Haridwar
StateUttarakhand
CountryIndia
Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib is located in Uttarakhand
Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib
Shown within Uttarakhand
Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib is located in India
Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib
Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib (India)
Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib is located in Asia
Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib
Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib (Asia)
Geographic coordinates29°57′21″N 78°10′14″E / 29.955830°N 78.170586°E / 29.955830; 78.170586Coordinates: 29°57′21″N 78°10′14″E / 29.955830°N 78.170586°E / 29.955830; 78.170586
Architecture
Groundbreaking1866
Completed1935
Website
gyangodrigurudwara.org

SignificanceEdit

In 1504–1505, the first Guru of Sikhs Guru Nanak Dev visited Haridwar during his first Missionary travel (Udasi).[4] He saw Brahmins (priests) in river Ganga offering water to rising Sun God towards east intended to reach the spirits of their deceased ancestors.[5][6] He started throwing water in opposite direction which made Brahmins curious and surprised. When questioned, Guru Nanak replied he is watering his crops in fields at Kartarpur.[7] If water can reach can reach sun it sure can reach his far away fields in Kartarpur.[8] Guru Nanak taught them lesson of living superstition free life.[9]

History and Destruction of GurudwaraEdit

A small building of Gurudwara Gyan Godri Sahib existed till 1975 at Landhaura House area in Har Ki Pauri of Haridwar where a tenant, Ram Piari, used to pray before a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib. After Kumbh Mela stampede of 1966, Haridwar administration acquired Landhora House to widen Har Ki Pauri in 1979[10][11] and demolished the Gurudwara.[12] Sikhs were not allowed to reconstruct Gurudwara again. Also, An ancient Gurudwara Nanakwara was located 200 metres from the said spot. Currently the office The Bharat Scouts and Guides where Gurudwara Gyan Godri once existed.[13]

Efforts for reconstructionEdit

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and DSGMC unsuccessfully tried to get back the land and reconstruct it.[14][15] Gurcharan Singh Babbar's All India Sikh Conference (AISC) is also working to rebuild Gurudwara again which was demolished in 1979.[16] Professor Pandit Rao Dharennavar recited Japji Sahib on Guru Nanak Gurpurab at Har Ki Pauri for the cause.[17][18]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib". Sikh Siyasat News. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  2. ^ Pioneer, The. "DM Rawat meets protesters of Gyan Godri construction". The Pioneer. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Evidence of gurdwara in Haridwar, says DSGMC". The Tribune. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Guru Nanak's Odysseys". Rediff. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  5. ^ Balslev, Anindita N. (8 April 2014). On World Religions: Diversity, Not Dissension. SAGE Publications India. ISBN 9789351504054.
  6. ^ "550th birth celebration of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji". The Sangai Express. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  7. ^ Amazing Concepts in Value Education. Pitambar Publishing. ISBN 9788120910201.
  8. ^ "Guru Nanak: A Poet, Redeemer And Teacher Par Excellence". Youth Ki Awaaz. 12 November 2019. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  9. ^ Kaur, Kulbir (23 November 2018). "Mystic Mantra: Guru Nanak and truthful living". The Asian Age. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  10. ^ "10-yr-old report said no gurdwara at contentious site". Indian Express. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  11. ^ "On My Radar: India will counter Jhootistan". The Sunday Guardian Live. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Sikh body to take out 'nagar kirtan' to reclaim land for Haridwar gurdwara". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 7 November 2019. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Will reclaim gurdwara land in Haridwar: Takht". The Tribune. 7 May 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  14. ^ Pioneer, The. "SAD rakes up issue of Haridwar's Gurdwara Gian Godri". The Pioneer. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  15. ^ N, TN. "SGPC, DSGMC join hands to rebuild Gurdwara Gyan Godri". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  16. ^ "Sikh activists restart movement to reclaim Haridwar gurdwara". The Tribune. 27 July 2019. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  17. ^ "Prof. Panditrao Dharennavar recites Jap Ji Sahib on "Hari Ki Paudi", Haridwar". Sikh Siyasat News. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  18. ^ N, TN. "Kannadiga professor to pay people to learn Punjabi in Haridwar". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 November 2019.

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