Historical Gurdwaras of Nankana, Pakistan

Gurdwaras Commemorating Guru Nanak Dev's Childhood

Nankana Sahib is located in Pakistan about 50 miles west of Lahore. Originally known as Raipur, it went by the name of Rai Bhoi di Talwandi at the time of Guru Nanak's birth. Nankana is the site of several historic gurdwaras built to commemorate miraculous occurrences during Guru Nanak's life. The gurdwaras are surrounded by 18,750 acres of land bestowed to Guru Nanak by Rai Bular Bhatti, the Muslim headman of Talwandi village. His descendants have revered Guru Nanak through the centuries.

Nankana, the Birthplace of Guru Nanak

Gurudwara Nankana Sahib
Gurudwara Nankana Sahib. Public Domain Photo, Courtesy Jeev, Wikipedia Project

Gurdwara Nankana (Janam Asthan) is built at the site of Guru Nanak Dev's birthplace and childhood home. It is the most prominent of all the gurdwaras located in the town of Nankana, Pakistan. It is the host of annual gurpurab festivities commemorating Guru Nanak's birth which are celebrated on the full moon in the latter part of the year.

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Gurdwara Bal Lilah

Gurdwara Bal Lilah is one of several gurdwaras which dot the town Nankana. It is located in an area where Guru Nanak used to play as a boy with his friends.

Gurdwara Kiara Sahib

Gurdwara Kiara Sahib is one of several small gurdwaras in Nankana. It stands on the site of the former pasture where a miraculous incident occurred when Guru Nanak's cattle destroyed a farmer's crops while he meditated.

Guru Nanak the Herdboy

Gurdwara Mall Ji Sahib

Nankana Gurdwara Mall Ji
Nankana Gurdwara Mall Ji. Photo © [Khasla Panth]

Gurdwara Mall Ji Sahib is one of the smallest gurdwaras in Nankana. It is built site of the former pasture where both the incident of the Jal tree, and Guru Nanak's encounter with a cobra took place. The interior of the gurdwara is decorated with ancient ceramic tiles, about four inches square, each depicting a cobra.

Guru Nanak Dev and the Shade Tree
Guru Nanak Dev and the Cobra