Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Leh, J&K

Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is located about 25 kms from Leh (in J&K) on the Leh-Kargil road. The Gurudwara commemorates Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s stay at this place in 1517 on his way from Kailash Mansarovar/Tibet to Punjab via the Kashmir Valley.

The Gurudwara Sahib itself was constructed in 1964 and extended in the 70s and is maintained by the Army. The place is revered by the local lamas as well as the Sikh Sangat.

According to a local legend, while Lama Nanak was on his way back from his pilgrimage to Punjab/Srinagar via Ladakh, the locals asked his help against a wicked demon who used to trouble the inhabitants. The Guru settled down below the hill where the demon lived and blessed people with sermons and became popular in the area. The demon got into a rage and rolled a large boulder (pathar) from the hill towards meditating Guruji. When the boulder came down and touched Guruji’s body it became wax and an imprint of Guruji’s body got formed on one side of the boulder.

A Nishan Sahib now stands atop this very hill, right in front of the Gurudwara.