PAKISTAN ZINDABAD    Apr 24 , 2018
The birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev

Date Published: Aug 28 , 2011

The history of the Sikh religion traces its roots to a place called Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, earlier known as Talwandi. The birth place of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev, Nankana Sahib is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in Pakistan. The pilgrimage site is about 75 kilometres from Lahore and comes under Sheikhupura district. The district is well connected with rail and road with other parts of Pakistan. It was on 15 April, 1469, Guru Nanak Dev was born here. Every year a number of pilgrims visit Nankana Sahib and other holy places associated with the first guru Guru Nanak Dev.

The city of Nankana was named after the first Guru of the Sikhs, the central figure in Sikhism who was born here, so it is a city of high historic and religious value and is a popular pilgrimage site for Sikhs from all over the world.  It is located about 80 kilometers south west of Lahore and about 75 kilometres east of Faisalabad, with a population of approximately 60,000.  The Janam Asthan Gurdwara Nankana Sahib was rebuilt in the year 1819-20 A.D. By Sher-e-Panjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Again in the 1930s and 40's The Sikhs added More Buildings and more Architectural Design. The area around Nankana Sahib was formerly a tehsil of Sheikhupura District. In May 2005, the provincial government decided to raise the status of Nankana Sahib to that of a district as a way of promoting development in the area.

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