Gurudwara Pehli Patshahi, Lahore

This historical Gurudwara is situated just inside Delhi Darwaza near old Kotwali Chowk in Sirianwala Bazaar at Lahore. All the gates of the city lead to this historic place. In 1510 A.D. (1567 B.K.), Guru Nana ji, reached the house of Duni Chand, an ardent follower of the Guru. The day Guru Nanak reached there, Duni Chand was performing Shradha (rituals on death anniversary) of his father. Guru ji while expounding on the futility of such ceremonies, said that giving alms in charity and feeding the hungry human beings was a good act but performance of Shrada (aka rituals) was worthless. Duni Chand having freed of his superstition, turned his house in to a Dharamshala (inn for religious travelers). Guru ji blessed him with his holy presence. It is known as Dharamshala Satguru Nanak Dev ji.

From the very beginning, Mahants managed the administration of this holy shrine. In 1920 A.D., the local committee took over the management and after 1927, S.G.P.C. was made responsible for this shrine under Gurdwara act. The situation remained so till the partition of the country.

About Lahore:
Lahore the capital city of the Pakistan province of Punjab. It is the largest native Punjabi populated city in the world. It is an important historical center in South Asia. It has a rich history dating back over a millennium. Lahore is a main cultural center of Punjab region and Pakistan. It is of the most densely populated cities in the world. Lahore remains an economic, political, transportation, entertainment, and educational hub. It is referred to as the “Mughal City of Gardens” due to the historic presence of gardens in and around the city dating back to the Mughal period.

History: Lahore successively served as a regional capital of the empires of the Shahi kingdoms in the 11th century, the Ghaznavids in the 12th century, the Ghurid State in the 12th and 13th centuries and the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. From 1802 to 1849, Lahore served as the capital city of the Sikh Empire. In the mid 19th and early 20th century, Lahore was the capital of the Punjab region under the British Raj. It has been traditional capital of Punjab for a millennium. Lahore was the cultural center of the northern Indian subcontinent (which extends from the eastern banks of the Indus River to New Delhi).

Architecture: Mughal structures such as the Badshahi Mosque, the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens, the mausoleum of Jehangir and Nur Jahan, Chauburji Gate and the walled city are some of the major tourist attractions in the city. Lahore is also home to many British colonial structures built in the Indo-Saracenic style, such as the Lahore High Court, the General Post Office, Lahore Museum, Lahore Railway Station, and many older universities and colleges including the University of the Punjab, Govt College and King Edward Medical College. The Lahore Zoo (fourth oldest in the world) is also situated at this place. Lahore is referred to as the cultural heart of Pakistan as it hosts most of the arts, cuisine, festivals, music, film making, gardening and intelligentsia of the country. It is also an important religious center as it is home to hundreds of temples, mosques and shrines like Data Durbar Complex.

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