Gurdwara Pehli Patshahi, Bushehr

Gurdwara Pehli Patshahi, Bushehr

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Gurdwara Pehli Patshahi (Gurdwara of the first Master) at Bandar-e-Bushehr the main port on the Iranian coast located across the Persian Gulf from present day Al Kuwayt, (28.9184° N 50.8382° E), was a popular stopping point for Muslim Pilgrims on the yearly Hajj in the days of Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak Sahib stopped over at this port during his visit to Mecca (Saudi Arabia) as a ‘Hajji’ in 1519-20. Before rounding Arabia and sailing up the Red Sea to Jiddah (lit; Grandmother in Arabic) a reference to Eve or Hawwa who is said to have landed there after her fall from Heaven.

Bushehr lies in a vast plain running along the coastal region on the Persian Gulf coast of southwestern Iran, it is built near the ancient port city of Rishahr/Reshire (Sassanian, Riv Ardasher). It was the chief seaport of the country and is the administrative centre of its province. Its location is about 1,218 kilometres (757 mi) south of Tehran. The local climate is humid.

Bushehr was the main trade center of Iran in the past centuries. The city structures are traditional in style, modest in proportion and cost. Due to its lack of rail connection to the interior of the country and its shallow anchorage, it has lost its position as the primary port of Iran.

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