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. 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.
|Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib|
ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਗਿਆਨ ਗੋਦੜੀ ਸਾਹਿਬ
|Location||Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar|
In 1504–1505, the first Guru of Sikhs Guru Nanak Dev visited Haridwar during his first Missionary travel (Udasi). He saw Brahmins (priests) in river Ganga offering water to rising Sun God towards east intended to reach the spirits of their deceased ancestors. 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. If water can reach can reach sun it sure can reach his far away fields in Kartarpur. Guru Nanak taught them lesson of living superstition free life.
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 and demolished the Gurudwara. 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.
Efforts for reconstructionEdit
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and DSGMC unsuccessfully tried to get back the land and reconstruct it. Gurcharan Singh Babbar's All India Sikh Conference (AISC) is also working to rebuild Gurudwara again which was demolished in 1979. Professor Pandit Rao Dharennavar recited Japji Sahib on Guru Nanak Gurpurab at Har Ki Pauri for the cause.
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