Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). It is a self governing, autonomous territory of Pakistan. This region lies west of India. It was part of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir (which ceased to exist as a result of the first Kashmir War fought between India and Pakistan in 1947. It shares a border with Gilgit-Baltistan, together with which it is referred to by the United Nations and other international organizations, as “Pakistani controlled Kashmir” (or Pakistan Administered Kashmir). Pakistan Occupied Kashmir borders the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir to the east (separated from it by the Line of Control. Its capital is Muzaffarabad. It covers an area of 13,297 square kilometers (5,134 sq mi). The centre of one of the world’s largest disputes, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir has a parliamentary form of Government. The president is the constitutional head of the state, while the prime minister, supported by a Council of Ministers, is the chief executive. Pakistan Occupied Kashmir Legislative Assembly elects both the prime minister and president. The state has its own Supreme Court and a High Court. The Ministry of Kashmir affairs serves as a link between the Government of Pakistan and the Government of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. The 2005 earthquake left the region in unparalleled devastation, including 3 million people were displaced and 100,000 deaths. Since then with help from Islamabad and foreign donors reconstruction of infrastructure is underway. Currently, its economy largely depends on agriculture, services, tourism and remittances sent each year by members of the large Kashmiri Diasporas. There are approximately 1880 hospital beds; the total number of doctors, including administrative doctors, health managers and dentists is 702. Pakistan Occupied Kashmir’s literacy rate is 64%. At present the gross enrolment rate at primary level is 95% for boys and 88% for girls (between the ages of 5-9). The following places of this autonomous territory have Gurdwaras:
Gurdwara Guru Hargobind Naluchhi is a village three kilometres west of Muzaffarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. It had a gurudwara commemorating Guru Hargobind. The Guru had visited the village during his visit to Kashmir in 1620. Maharaja Ranjit Singh had made out to it a land grant worth Rs 3,000 annually. Baisakhi was observed as a religious festival in the gurudwara until its evacuation in the wake of invasion by Pakistan supported tribal raiders in October 1947
Address: Naluchhi village, Muzaffarabad, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, Pakistan
Mirpur District. It is a district in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). The district is named after the main city, Mirpur, (POK). The District of Mirpur has an area of 1,010 km2 (390 sq mi). The district is mainly mountainous with some plains. Its hot, dry climate and other geographical conditions closely resemble those of Jhelum and Gujrat, the adjoining districts of Pakistan. The following places of this district have Gurdwaras:
Dadyal. It is a town situated in the Mirpur district of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. The town consists of more than 70 smaller villages. Like much of the Mirpur District, Dadyal has descendants of inhabitants that immigrated to the United Kingdom between the 1950s and 1980s. It is the central business centre in the area of Anderhaal. The name Anderhaal (Ander = inside; Haal = hills) was given to denote the area between the valleys of Jhelum and Poonch surrounding Dadyal. The following places of this town have Gurdwaras:
Ratta. It is the largest and most famous town in Dayal, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. It is situated in Mirpur District. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Address: Mirpur District, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, Pakistan
Ali Baig Gurdwara, A popular place of worship for Sikhs in Ali Baig village, has been turned into the Muhammad Yaqoob Shaheed High School for Girls. It is located on the northeastern side of the Mirpur-Jhelum link road in Bhimber District. The three storey building also served as a refugee camp for three years, then a police station, a soap factory and a primary school for girls. The gurdwara’s domes have been decorated with lotus flowers and can be seen from a distance
Address: Village Mirpur, Distt. Bhimber, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, Pakistan
Gilgit–Baltistan. It is the northernmost territory of Pakistan. It forms part of the disputed Kashmir region (which has been the subject of conflict between India and Pakistan since 1947). Gilgit–Baltistan is an autonomous self governing region that was established as a single administrative unit in 1970 (formed by the amalgamation of the Gilgit Agency, the Baltistan region and the former princely states of Hunza and Nagar). It covers an area of 72,971 km² (28,174 mi²) and is highly mountainous. The following places of this territory have Gurdwaras:
Baltistan (Baltiyul). It is a mountainous region (the majority of which lies in Gilgit-Baltistan in the northern part of Pakistan). It is situated in the Karakoram Mountains, just to the south of K2 (the world’s second highest mountain). It is an extremely mountainous region, with an average altitude of over 3,350 m (11,000 ft). Since 1947, the region is divided by the line of Control. The region is inhabited principally by the Balti people of Tibetan descent. The vast majority of the population adheres to Islam. The Skardu district has majority Shia. The region has great strategical importance for both Pakistan and India as the Kargil War and Siachen War were fought in this area. The following places of this region have Gurdwaras:
Skardu District. It is part of Baltistan. It constitutes one of the seven districts of the Gilgit-Baltistan territory of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Skardu town is the capital of Skardu District. The following places of this district have Gurdwaras:
Skardu (“star stone, meteorite”). It is a town and capital of Skardu Districtin Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Skardu is located in the 10 kilometers (6 miles) wide by 40 kilometers (25 miles) long Skardu Valley. It is located at the confluence of the Indus and the Shingar River. Skardu is located at an altitude of nearly 2,500 m (8,200 ft). The town is surrounded by grey brown colored mountains (which hide the 8000 meter peaks of the nearby Karakoram Range. There are three lakes in its vicinity. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Gurudwara Chota Nanakiana at Sakardu, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Sakardu is a well known town of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Every year thousands of people come to visit this place in summer. There is a big building on top of a small hill (about 1 km from the main cross road of Sakardu). It is this building which is known as Gurdwara Chota Nanakiana. Prakashasthan (congregation hall), langar (community kitchen) hall, and inn for pilgrims are on the hill. There are several shops on the main road below this building. These shops are owned by this sacred place. Sakardu Fort is about two kilometer from the Gurdwara. Sat Guru had stayed at this place while he was on his way back from China. it is also called as “Asthan Nanak Pir” by the local people. The building is not in a good condition, Prakash asthan has started collapsing and rest of the building too wears a deserted look. Only the shops remain as they are looked after by the occupants.
Address: Skardu, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, Pakistan
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It was formerly called North West Frontier Province. It is one of the four Provinces of Pakistan. Ir located in the north west of the country. The provincial capital and largest city is Peshawar. The following places of this province have gurdwaras:
Peshawar (Pekhaawar). It is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province). It is the administrative centre and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated in a large valley near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass (close to the Pak-Afghan border). It is known as “City on the Frontier”. Peshawar’s strategic location on the crossroads of Central Asia and South Asia has made it one of the most culturally vibrant and lively cities in the greater region. Peshawar is irrigated by various canals of the Kabul River, Kunhar River and by its right tributary, the Bara River. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan’s most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities. In the last three decades, there has been a significant increase in urban population (in part due to internal migration of people in search of better employment opportunities, education, and services, and in part because of the influx of Afghanistan and other people displaced by military operations and civil unrest in neighboring regions). Peshawar is the major educational, political and business center of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is one of the most developed cities of the region. Peshawar owns some of the top most institutions of Medicine and Education in Pakistan. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Gurdwara Bhai Joga, Peshawar. This Gurdwara is situated in Jogan Shah Locality of Namak mandi of Peshawar City where Sangat of Peshawar is held in the morning and evening and Parakash of Granth Sahib takes place. Joga was the son of Bhai Gurmukh Singh of Peshawar who was converted to Sikhism by tasting Amrit from Guru Gobind Singh. Guru Sahib took Bhai Joga as his godson and always kept him in his presence. At the request of Bhai Gurmukh Guru Gobind Singh allowed him to go to Peshawar for his marriage but to test his devotion, Guru Gobind Singh ordered another disciple to follow him. Guru Dev Ji gave him a proclamation which was to be delivered to Joga after “lawan” (Sikh rite of marriage). The note’ said, “Once you see this note, proceed to Anand Pur at once.” The currier did accordingly and delivered the note while he was performing Lawan. Joga Singh abruptly left without even completing his Lawan. The marriage rites were completed by giving the remaining Lawan to his belt. On the way this thought entered his mind that there could hardly be any other being who would submit before the will of Guru Gobind Singh like him. When he reached Hoshiarpur he was overwhelmed with lust when he saw the beauty of a prostitute and reached her pleasure hall. Kalghidhar disguised himself as a mace bearer and started guarding the house of the prostitute to save his devotee from hell. Joga Singh tried to enter the house four times during the night but had to turn back as he ran into the mace-bearer every time. He set out for Anandpur. He sought forgiveness for his folly when reached the court of the Guru. The Gurdwara is constructed as a beautiful 3 storied building. Prakash of Guru Granth Sahib takes place and local and foreign sangats meet daily. There is a Punjabi school for Sikh children which impart secular education along with the religious education.
Address: Jogan Shah, Namak Mandi, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtoo, Pakistan
Gurdwara Gurhatri, Peshawar. This historical shrine is located in Mohalla (locality) Ganj of Peshawar city. It is also known as Gurhatri and Dharamsala Baba Sri Chand. According to the older biographies Guru Nanak came here during his fifth itinerary. A Muslim leather merchant named Abdur Rehrnan presented Sat Gur with a pair of shoes. Guru Nanak Dev was very pleased and in return gave him his old pair of shoes. It remained with his family for the next four generations. Then Rahim Khan took it to Hoti Mardan and left it in charge custody of Sardar Sant Mota Singh and then never came back. He gave this sacred pair of shoes to his friend Manna Singh. His adopted son Bhai Natha kept it with love and devotion. In 1934 AD it was present in the house of a friend named Gur Bukhsh Singh. Baba Sri Chand built a Dharamsala over the site of the Abdur Rehman’s shop which came to be called Guru Hatri and Dharamsala Baba Sri Chand. Only one door of the sacred place is standing, the remaining building was demolished and had been reconstructed. It now houses a girl’s school.
Address: Mohalla Ganj, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtoon, Pakistan
Gudwara Bhai Biba Singh. It is at least three centuries old. It is located in Jugiwara, Hashtnagri. Until 2005, it housed a vocational training centre for girls. After an earthquake the building was declared dangerous and the school was shifted to another building. The gurdwara has not been used for worship since the partition of the sub-continent. The gurdwara was established at the time of the 10th Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, who left this world for heavenly abode in 1708 (making this structure at least 300 years old). The renovation work on the gurdwara Bhai Biba Singh, which started in January 2012, has largely been completed.
Address: Jugiwara, Hashtnagri, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtoon, Pakistan
Dera Ismail Khan. It is one of the 25 districts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The capital of the district is the town of Dera Ismail Khan. The district has an area of 7,326 km2(2,829 sq mi). The following places of this district have Gurdwaras
Dera Ismail Khan. It is a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. It is situated on the west bank of the Indus RiverThe city is the capital of the district and tehsil of the same name.
Gurdwara Kali Devi, Dera Ismail Khan. It is situated in Topanwala on the main road just beyond the crossroad. Workshops have closed in the former temple of Kali, but its spire can still be seen hanging over the surrounding structures from the street and alleyways. When Jagat Guru Nanak Dev came to this city during the course of his fourth world travels, this temple (Mandir) was used for the worship of Kali (a Hindu Goddess). Guru Nanak Dev stayed at some distance from the temple of Kali (but the moment he entered the town the murti of Kali is said to have toppled to the ground). The priest lifted the murti and attempted to prop it up, only to watch it fall again. Someone watching this sight from the side shouted, “A sant (saint) has come here and maybe this is happening due to his presence.” The priest went to him. Guru Nanak Dev explained the meaning of one Lord to him and advised him to be one of His devotees. After this incident the worship of idols was abolished and Prakash of Guru Granth was begun. But the lure of old habits and ways fits one like a pair of well worn shoes, so as time passed the the priests once again placed the idol of Kali Devi. This temple has come to be known as Gurdwara Kali Devi to commemorate this event. A school is presently housed in the premises where the Sri Guru Granth Sahib is now absent.
Address: Topanwala, Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtoon, Pakistan
Gurdwara Dharamshala Guru Nanak, Dera Ismail Khan. This sacred shrine is located in Chota Bazaar of Dera Ismail Khan. It can also be reached from Topan Wala Bazaar. Guru Nanak Dev visited this place during his fourth Udasi (itinerary). At the site (where the Guru stayed) a Dharamsala was built by his devotees. It is a beautiful and big building. Its main gate opens in Chota Bazaar. Inside this door there is a beautiful double storey square building (where Prakash used to take place). There are residential rooms around this building for pilgrims. Inside the darbar there is a Thara Sahib (pious seat) where Guru Nanak Dev stayed. Presently Govt Higher Secondary School No. 3 is housed in this building. The building is in good condition, all the four doors have marble frame. Dharamsala was maintained by SGPC before 1947 and presently it is in the hands of Waqf Department.
Address: Chota Bazar, Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtoon, Pakistan
Mansehra District. It is locatedin the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Mansehra district and town are named after Man Singh (a leading general of Mughal Emperor Akbar. The Khghan Valley area and the Karakoram Highway pass through the district. The following places of this district have Gurdwaras:
Mansehra. It is a city located in Mansehra District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is located near Abbottabad city. It is a major stop for tourists on the Karakoram Highway which leads to China. It is also a major transit point to the northern areas. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Grudwara Guru Singh Sabha Mansehra. It is now Municipal Library Pakistan.
Address: Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtoon, Pakistan
Gurdwara Chhevi Patshahi, Mansehra
Address: Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtoon, Pakistan
Punjab. It is also spelled Panjab. It is the most developed and populous province of Pakistan (with approximately 56% of the country’s total population). Lahore is the provincial capital and Punjab’s main cultural, historical, administrative and economic centre. The following districtsof this state have Gurdwaras:
Jhang District. It is a district of the Punjab province of Pakistan. The city of Jhang is the district’s capital. The native language in this district is Punjabi] though Urdu is also spoken in educational institutions. The following places of this district have Gurdwaras:
Jhang. It is the capital city of Jhang District, in the state of Punjab, Pakistan. It is situated on the east bank of the Chenab river. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Gurudwara Nanaksar at Jhang. This sacred Shrine of Jagat Guru Nanak Dev is located on Toba road outside Jhang. Buses or mini buses go to this place from Jhang are easily available. Its bus stop is on the bridge after Bagha Wala. From the bus stop one has to walk upstream along the canal. A Gurdwara was built by the followers on the mound where Sat Gur Dev had stayed. A primary school is housed in the Gurdwara now. Refugees from Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur are settled in the Langar (community kitchen) Hall, residing rooms and other buildings. The building of Gurdwara is spacious and imposing with a beautiful tank on its right. The complex is in custody of Waqf Board but without proper care and maintenance.
Address: Jhang, Punjab, Pakistan
The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). It is one of the two federal territories of Pakistan. It includes Islamabad (the capital city of Pakistan). It covers an area of 1,165.5 km² (450 mi²) of which 906 km² (349.8 mi²) is Islamabad proper. The following places of this territory have Gurdwaras:
Islamabad (Islām ābād). It is the national capital city of Pakistan. It is located within the Islamabad Capital Region. Since its foundation, Islamabad has attracted people from all over Pakistan (making it one of the most cosmopolitan and urbanized cities of Pakistan). As the national capital, Islamabad is the seat of the Government of Pakistan; the Presidential Palace (Aiwan-e-Sadr) is located at this place. Islamabad is also home to the Pakistan Monument (which is one of the two national monuments of Pakistan). Islamabad is known as a clean, calm and green city. It hosts a large number of foreign diplomats, politicians and government employees. Islamabad is a modern, planned and maintained city located in the Pothohar Plateau in the northeastern part of the country. The region has historically been a part of the crossroads of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the Margalla Pass acting as the gateway between the two regions. The city was built during the 1960s to replace Karachi as Pakistan’s capital. Islamabad is a well organized international city divided into several different sectors and zones. It is regarded as the most developed city in Pakistan. It is ranked as a Gamma+ world city. It is home to the Faisal Mosque (the largest mosque in South Asia). Islamabad has the highest literacy rate in Pakistan. It has 16 recognized universities including some of the top ranked universities in Pakistan. Islamabad has the lowest infant mortality rate in the country. The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Islamabad is one of the largest hospitals in Pakistan. The following places of this capital city have Gurdwaras:
Saidpur. It is a Mughal era village on the slopes of the Margalla Hills. It is located off the Hill Road to the east of Daman-e-Koh in Islamabad. The village has the footprints of various civilizations, including Gandhara, Greek, Budhist, Mughal, Ashoka and the colonial periods. Now it serves as a popular recreational spot for both local and foreign visitors. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Address: Saidpur, Islamabad, Pakistan
Sindh. It is one of the four provinces of Pakistan. It is historically home to the Sindhi people. It is also locally known as the “Mehran”. The name “Sindh” is derived from the Sanskrit “Sindhu” , a reference to the Indus River that passes almost through the middle of the entire province). This river was known to the ancient Iranians in Avestan as Hindu, in Sanskrit as Sindhu, to Assyrians (as early as the seventh century BC) as Sinda, to the Persians as Ab-e-sind, to the Greeks as Indos, to the Romans as Indus, to the Pashtuns as Abasind, to the Arabs as Al-Sind, to the Chinese as Sintow, and to the Javanese as Santri. The capital and largest city of the province is Karachi (which is also Pakistan’s largest city and the country’s only financial hub). Most of the population in the province is Muslim, with sizable Hindu, Christian, Parsi and Sikh minorities. The following places of this province have Gurdwaras:
Ghotki District, Sindh, Pakistan
Ghotki District. It is a district in Sindh province of Pakistan. Its capital is Ghotki city. The following places of this district have Gurdwaras:
Daharki Taluka, Ghotki, Sindh, Pakistan
Daharki Taluka. It is an administrative subdivision (taluka) of Ghotki District in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Its capital is Dharki. The following places of this Taluka have Gurdwaras:
Daharki. It is a city of Ghotki District in the Sindh province of Pakistan. It is the capital of Daharki Taluka (an administrative subdivision of the district). Daharki is a business centre with numerous industries, particularly cotton factories, a fertilizer plant Engro FertiliZer Ltd, oil and gas exploration companies Mari Gas Co and Tullo Oil Pakistan Ltd, Power Plants Star power co, Fauji Power Plant and Liberty power Plant. There are several religious places in the city. These include Bhurchundi Sharif, Chalan Faqeer, Pir Aziz Karmani(near Ubaro), Pir Pakhroi Laal, Soi Shareef, Pir Gulab Shah Bukhari and famous Hindu spiritual Darbar at Raharki. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:=
Gurdwara Baba Nanak Shah, Daharki. It is a famous place in Sindh, Pakistan. It was established in 1976. it is made by (baba hari singh) a devotees of this gurdwara. It is peaceful place in the Sindh Pakistan. It is also known is marhi sahib.
Adress: Sarafa Bazaar, Daharki, Godhki, Sindh, Pakistan
Telephone: +92 336 725 3608, 072 364 2243
Ghotki. It is the capital of Ghotki District in northern Sindh, Pakistan. It was the site of the July 13, 2005, Ghotki rail crash. The town is located at an altitude of 72 metres (236 ft). The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Gurudwara Guru Ram Das Sahib. It is situated at devri road near main by pass. It was established in 2000. It is located in an area of about (0.25) acres. It has own library where audio, video gurbani fonts and other things related to gurbani are sold. It is under construction.
Address: Devri Road Near Main By Pass Ghotki, Sindh, Pakistan
Telephone: 072 360 0130
Shikarpur district , Sindh, Pakistan
Shikarpur district. It is a district in the Sindh province of Pakistan. The city of Shikarpur is the capital of this district. It is spread over an area of 2,640 km2. The famous poets of Shikarpur are Saami, Shaikh Ayaz &Moulana Abdul karim chishti. The famous personalities of the Shikarpur are Maulana Deen Mohammad Wafai, Shaheed Allah Bux Soomro, Sir Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah, Junaid Ahmed Soomro, Iftikar Ahmed Soomro,Mir Ghulam Qambar Abro Imtiaz Ahmed shaikh, Bedal Masroor, Mir Abdul Nabi Khan Mengal, Mir Abdul Ghafoor Khan Mengal, Mir Ghulam Rasool Khan Brohi, Mr. Barkat Ali Brohi & many others. The Shahi Bagh, was known for its thriving vegetation and scented flowers. Shahi Bagh had zoo with number of lions, cheetahs, bears and wild boars. These animals were later shifted to Karachi Zoo. The garden had a wooden pavilion that was designed by Perston Phel and constructed by Sir W. Merewether on September 1871. Many other public and private gardens and open spaces of Shikarpur have vanished. The Covered Bazaar, Contemporary cities of that time (Bukhara, Samarkand, and Istanbul) had bazaars with covered streets. Shikarpur’s main bazaar too was covered. The long narrow bazaar is lined with shops on both sides almost pass through the centre of the old city. The following places of this district have Gurdwaras:
Shikarpur. It is small city and the capital of Shikarpur District in Sindh province of Pakistan. It is situated about 29 km west of the right bank of the Indus. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Gurdwara Pehli Patshahi, Shikarpur. Shikarpur is a very big town of Sukkur district. There is a sacred shrine of Sat Guru Nanak Dev in this town. In Sindhi language it is known as “Puja Udasian Samadha Ashram”. It is a very big shrine. Prakash of Guru Garanth Sahib takes place daily. There are the samadhs of Udasis besides the Prakashasthan (congregation hall). A wooden baradari is built on these samadhs and has been painted red. It is because of these samadhs that the place is known as Samadh Ashram. The Sangat is Nanakpanthi. The Langar (free community meal) is distributed round the clock. It is located in Shikarpur village in the Sindh province of Pakistan.
Address: Shikarpur, Sindh, Pakistan
Gurudwara Bhai Gurdas Ji at Shikarpur. Shikarpur is located at a distance of 25 kilometres from Sukkur. The Dharamsala of Bhai GurDas is located inside the town. Bhai Sahib was an Udasi Sadhu. He preached the religion of Sikhs. Even today, the tunes of the verses of Gurus are sung twice a day. Bhai Sahib had also written explanatory notes on the margins of Guru Granth Sahib. Dharamsala is beautifully built. The sangat assembles daily and the langarkhana (community kitchen) remains open.
Address: Shikarpur, Sindh, Pakistan
Sukkur district. It is a district in Sindh Province in Pakistan. It is divided into 4 administrative strata (tehsils), namely; Sukkur City, Rohri, Saleh Pat and Pano Aqil. Among them Sukkur city and new Sukkur are urban centre while Pano Aqil is famous for having one of largest military cantonment of the country. Rohri is the smallest tehsil of the Sukkur district, both in area and population but it has one of ancient and important railway junction. The following places of this district have Gurdwaras:
Sukkur (formerly Aror and Bakhar). It is one of the largest cities of Sindh province, situated. It is located on the west bank of Indus River in Sukkur District. However, the word Sakhar in Sindhi means “superior” (which the spelling of the city’s name in Sindhi suggests is the origin of the name). The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Gurdwara Pehli Patshahi, Jind Pir. Sukkur is a famous city of Sindh province. It is located on the Lahore-Karachi railway line. The railway station serving this city is called Rohri and a bridge built across the River Indus links the towns of Sukkur and Rohri. Just after crossing the bridge a road goes down at right hand. This road keeps turning along the bridge and reaches Gurdwara Jind Pir. It is a very beautiful Gurdwara. Sat Guru Nanak Dev had graced this place during his third itinerary. It was from here that he visited Sadhu Bela (an islet in the river Indus). Jhulay Lal Udasi sadhu was its first priest. The shrine is in the possession of Nankpanthi Sikhs/ Hindus. Prakash of Guru Granth Sahib takes place and the idols are also worshipped here. A lamp lit by the Guru Dev is kept burning round the clock. The pilgrims prostrate before this lamp.
Address: Jind Pir, Sukkur, Sindh, Pakistan
Sadhu Bela. It is location of a Hindue Temple situated on an island at the centre of the Indus River, near Rohri Bridge. The island has two inlets (Sadh Belo and Din Belo). This temple was founded in 1823 by Swami Bakhandi Maharaj Udasi. The place is held in high esteem by Hindus throughout Sindh and even in India. It is frequented by pilgrims from across the border. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Gurdwara Sadhu Bela, Sakkur. This sacred shrine is located on an islet in the River Indus flowing between Rohri and Sukkur. After crossing Rohri Bridge a road runs along the river towards Sukkur. Walking along this road a very big and spacious building is seen in a grove of trees on the left hand side. This is the shrine of Sadhu Bela. This shrine can only be reached by a boat which lands right at the main gate of the shrine. There is a beautiful building in white marble on the left of the foyer. It was the sacred place where Sat Guru Nanak Dev had stayed and showed the sadhus the correct path to lead life. It is a big islet. There is a captivating building of white marble on this islet which is known as Dharam Mandir. There are other temples and Samadhs of Udasi Sadhus. There is a library about half a kilometre from the Gurdwara. In this temple Prakash takes place alongside the idol of Udasi Guru Baba. On the front face of the building this Shabd (hymn) composed in Sri Rag (Mohalla 1 Ghar 1) is engraved, (If I had a palace made of pearls, inlaid with jewels, scented with musk, saffron and sandalwood, a sheer deli lit to behold – seeing this, I might go astray and forget You, and Your Name would not enter into my mind). According to the priests this Shabd (hymn) was revealed in this place. The fairs of Diwali and Janamashtami are held. Sangat (devotees) assembles on different occasions. They call themselves Nanakpanthi, whereas priest Baba Dhanna Ramji is an Udasi Sadhu. The tree beneath which Gun seated himself is still present. It is a normal part of the rituals to have a dip in the river. The care and control of Gurdwara is in the hands of Waqf Board.
Address: Sadhu Bela, Sukkur, Sindh, Pakistan
The Saint Baba Thariya Singh Gurdwara, Kundra, Sukkur. It is situated at Shahi Bazaar, Kandhra, Distt Sukkur, Sindh.
Address: Kundra, Sukkur, Sindh, Pakistan
Jacobabad District. It is a district of Sindh, Pakistan. The city of Jacobabad is the capital of the District. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Gurdwara Baba Tegh Bahadur Sahib Kandhkot.
Adress: Kandhkot, Distt JacoBabad , Sindh, Pakistan
Gurudwara Nanakwara, Kandhkot. This holy Shrine is located in Suniar (Goldsmith) Bazaar of tehsil Kandhkot of district JacoBabad. This locality is also known as Nanakwara. This place is remembered as Nanak Darbar. It is a double storied beautiful building. There are also temples •of Kali Mata, Sri Rama and Hanuman adjacent to the darbar. The religious worship takes places in all the temples. Recitation of Granth Sahib also takes place beside the idols. At Deewali, Visakhi and Janamashtami big gatherings take place. Sangat runs into thousands at this place
Adress: Suniar Bazaar, Kandhkot, Distt JacoBabad , Sindh, Pakistan
Mirpur Khas District. It is one of the districts in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Its capital is Mirpur Khas. The following places of this district have Gurdwaras:
Mirpur Khas. It is a city in the province of Sindh inPakistan. It is the capital city of Mirpur Khas District. It is one of the largest cities in the province. Its soil is fertile. The city is known for its horticultural produce and farming as well as mango cultivation (with hundreds of varieties of mangoes produced each year). Mirpur Khas is also growing in I.T Software Education and Business. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Gurudwara Pehli Patshahi, Mirpur Khas. Mirpur Khas is a famous city of the Sindh province. It is also the district head quarter. There is a railway station by the same name. You can see a huge building at the second cross road while going toward the city from the railway station. This is the place where Sat Gur Nanak Dev set his sacred feet. At present this three storied spacious building houses the offices of the Evacuee Waqf.
Address: Mirpur Khas, Sindh, Pakistan
Larkana District (Larkano). It is a district of Sindh province of Pakistan. Its main city is Larkana. It is home district of two former Prime Ministers of Pakistan (Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto). The district is also famous for former Chief Minister of Sindh (Mumtaz ali Bhutto). In 2005, the Government of Pakistan under Pervez Musharraf bifurcated the district. New districts called Qamber and Shahdakot were formed with two towns of Qambar Khan and Shahdakot. The following Gurdwaras are located in this district:
Gurudwara Pehli Patshahi at Bulani, Distt Larkana. Bulani is a well known town of Sindh province. Jagat Guru Nanak Dev honoured its people by setting his foot at this place. His Shrine is beautifully built. Nanakpanthi Hindus are the priests of this Gurdwara. Prakash of Guru Granth Sahib takes place daily. Nur Nusrat served Guru and wished to know the prayer which brings good fortune. Guru Dev told him that all good fortune lay in virtue and in not Deviating from the path shown by the religion. Dawood, a weaver, of the same place, had presented a valuable rug to Guru Dev, he spread this rug under the puppies of a bitch that were shivering with cold and said, “My rug is this green grass”. His teaching was that our happiness is useless if a person sitting close by is in pain. The Sangat enthusiastically assembles at this place.
Address: Bulani, Distt Larkana, Punjab, Pakistan
Karachi. It is capital of Sindh as well as the largest and most populous metropolitan city of Pakistan. It is the main seaport and financial centre of the country. Karachi is also known as City of Lights mainly due to city’s night life (for which it is famous as the city which never sleeps). Karachi metro has area of approximately 3,527 km2 (1,362 sq mi). Karachi is the largest city in the Muslim world. It is Pakistan’s centre of banking, industry, economic activity and trade. It is home to Pakistan’s largest corporations, including those involved in textiles, shipping, automotive industry, entertainment, the arts, fashion, advertising, publishing, software development and medical research. The city is a hub of higher education in South Asia and the Muslim world. Karachi is ranked as a beta world city. It was the capital of Pakistan until Islamabad was constructed as a capital to spread development evenly across the country and to prevent it from being concentrated in Karachi. Karachi is the location of the Port of Karachi and Port Bin Qasim (two of the region’s largest and busiest ports). After the independence of Pakistan, the city population increased dramatically when hundreds of thousands of Muslim Muhajirs from India and from other parts of South Asia came to settle in Karachi. The city is located on the Arabian Sea coastline. It is known as the Uroos ul Bilaad “The Bride of the Cities” and the “City of Lights”, for its liveliness] and the “City of the Quaid”, having been the birth and burial place of Quaid-e-Azam (the Great Leader, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan) who made the city his home after Pakistan’s independence from the British Raj on 14 August 1947. The following places of this city have Gurdwaras:
Gurdwara Ratan Tala, Near Preedy Police Station, Karachi. The Gurdwara Ratan Tala was established in 1932 (in the heart of the city). But during the government of military dictator General Ziaul Haq in 1984, The Nabi Bux Government College was established in its compound (and the area was taken over by the Sindh education department). However, the gurdwara remained untouched and the Sikh community kept performing their rituals until some some time ago (when police intervened on the pretext that “college students were disturbed by their worship,”). According to Sardar Ramesh Singh, chairman, Sikh Naujawan Sabah.Gurdwara Ratan Tala remains the only place of worship for Sikh community in Karachi after a gurdwara in Arambagh was sealed in 1995 (after a clash between members of the Sikh and Hindu community). The minority Sikh community (which is said to have 2,500 registered voters in Karachi) is extremely disturbed because it fears that its only place of worship in the city (the Gurdwara Ratan Tala) situated on plot No AM335 near Preedy Police Station in Saddar, would be demolished soon. It is said that the principal of Nabi Bux Government College, Prof. Allah Bux Awan, has sent a letter to the Sindh education department to demolish the gurdwara on the grounds that it was in dilapidated condition. The market value of the place is worth millions of rupees.
Address: Ratan Tala, near Preedy Police Station, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Gurdwara Pehli Patshahi, Justice Kayani Road, Karachi. When Guru Nanak Dev came to Karachi, he first of all stayed at this place. It is located on Justice Kayani road opposite Karachi Art Council. Guru Dev went to the cave of the goddess of sea from this very place. The people took light from that cave and built Gurmandir (temple) in the city. Now Guru Mandir is the name of a very big locality of Karachi. The building of the Gurdwara is strong and beautifully built. The Government of Pakistan has got it repaired recently.
Address: Justice Kayani Road, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Saddar Town. It is a town in the central part of Karachi, Sindh. The word Saddar generally means the “centre” (of a settlement) and also “head” (of a group of people or an organisation). The majority of the population in this town are Gujrati and Sindhi Muslims. The following places of this town have Gurdwaras:
Aram Bagh (Garden of relaxation). It is located in Saddr Town in Karachi, Sindh. The Aram Bagh Masjid is also located in the Aram Bagh Park. Aram Bagh is located in densely populated uptown area of Karachi. It is surrounded by apartment buildings and shopping centres. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Sri Guru Nanak Satsang Sabha Gurdwara, Aram Bagh, Karachi
Address: Aram Bagh, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Clifton. It is an affluent suburb located in the Saddar Town of Karachi. Clifton is one of the localities in Karachi where real estate activity remains on the up despite the overall state of law and order in the city. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Gurdwara Pehli Patshahi, Clifton, Karachi. Clifton is a well known amusement area. People normally visit this place for recreation. This sacred Shrine is located adjacent to the left hand side of the steps of the Clifton Park. There used to be a temple of the goddess of the sea at this place before the arrival of Jagal Guru Nanak Dev. The ships used to pass after offering ablution. There was no idol in this temple, only a lamp placed at that place was worshipped by the Hindus. The Talpur ruler used to offer 7.5 seers of oil for this lamp every month. Sat Guru Nanak Dev meditated in a cave just beyond the lamp. Another lamp is kept burning at the place where he had meditated and it is called “Guru Joti” The building of Gurdwara is beautiful and built with marble. A courtyard comes after getting down fourteen steps. From here six steps lead into a hall. At the end of the hall is the part of cave where Guru Dev Ji meditated. The priests are Nanakpanthi Hindus. This Shrine is known as Sri Ratneswar MahaDev Temple these days.
Address: Clifton, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Ranchore Lines. It is an area of old Karachi where Kacchi Memons live in large number. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place: Gurdwara Karachi Sikh Sangat, Ranchore Line, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Gurdwara Karachi Sikh Sangat, Ranchore Line, Karachi. It is a Gurdwara located in Ranchore Lines in the city of Karachi in Sindh, Pakistan. It is the only centre of all religious activity since the gurdwaras at Preedy Street, Saddar and Arambagh have been sealed due to disputes. The temples at Manora, Bandar Road and Lee Market are not large enough to cater to the entire community. The small roomed Sikh Sangat Gurdwara is thus the place where devotees from all over the city convene during festivals. Around 80 worshippers can be accommodated in the room while the rest are hosted in the adjacent veranda and the langar khana (free-kitchen). It was built in 1910. The blue walled gurdwara is located off the congested and a dilapidated road of the compound exemplifies the basic principles of Sikhism (simplicity and modesty).
Address: Ranchore Line, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Manora (Manoro). It is a small peninsula (2.5 km²) located just south of the Port of Karachi. Manora is connected to the mainland by a 12 kilometre long causeway called the Sandspit. Manora and neighboring islands form a protective barrier between Karchi harbor to the north and the Arabian Sea to the south. The western bay of the harbor contains endangered mangrove forests which border the Sandspit and Manora Island. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:.
Manora Gurdwara, Manora, Karachi. It is located in Manora in the city of Karachi in Sindh, Pakistan.
Address: Manora, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Gadap Town. It is a town in the north western part of Karachi with the Hub River on its western limits. It forms the provincial border between Sindh and Balochistan. The following places near this town have Gurdwaras:
Gulshan-e-Maymar. It is one of the neighbourhoods of Gadap Town in Karachi. Gulshan-e-Maymar is a landmark project from Maymar. The concept of Gulshan-e-Maymar originated in the late 1970s (the venture was formally launched in 1980). The core philosophy driving the establishment of this township was to provide a model, master planned community for Karachi’s populace in a suburban setting. The township was planned from scratch, with a focus on building into the master plan amenities and services that were not available elsewhere in the city. Generous allocation was made for parks, mosques, clubs, health and education facilities, etc. to allow residents to feel self contained within the bounds of the township. In essence, Gulshan-e-Maymar represented a microcosm of Maymar’s management’s utopian world. Having gone through 13 phases of extensions and development, Gulshan-e-Maymar currently stands at 1023 acres. Its population today is at 30% of its optimal capacity of 100,000, which is the number around which all the amenities and services have been planned. The township has witnessed significant growth in recent years due to its quaint setting, plethora of amenities, relatively low air and noise pollution, and access to one of the major freeways of the country. At its current growth rate, the township will get close to its capacity figure by 2012. The significant growth of this township has resulted in exponential appreciation of real estate prices within it (this trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future as evidenced by the growth projections and the lack of alternative townships with similar facilities and amenities). Gulshan-e-Maymar township is situated just off the Super Highway (main highway between Karachi and Hyderabad) in KDA Scheme 45 (and partly in KDA scheme 33) in Karachi. Ayub Shah Bukhari was a Sufi master and his shrine is located in Gulshan-e-Maymar. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Adam Goth Gurdwara, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Karachi
Address: Gulshan-e-Maymar, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Mohammad Ali Jinnah Road ( M.A. Jinnah Road). It is a major road of Karachi. It was formerly known as Bandar Road ( Port Road). It begins at Port of Karach and ends at Super Highway which connects Karachi with Hydrabad. Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s Tomb (Mazar e Quaid) is located on M.A. Jinnah Road. The following places on this road have Guirdwaras:
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Karachi. It is a Hindu Temple that belongs to the NarNarayan Dev Gadi of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. It is the only Swaminarayan Temple in Pakistan. The temple is notable for its size and frontage, over 32,306 square yards (27,012 m2) on the MA Jinnah Road in Karachi city. The temple celebrated its anniversary of 150 years in April 2004. It is believed that not only Hindus but also adherents of Islam visit the temple, which adds to its notability. There is a sacred cowshed within the premises of this temple. The temple is located at the centre of a Hindu neighbourhood in Karachi. The building that housed a dharmshala (Guest house) for visiting devotees has now been converted to the office of the City District Government. The following Gurdwaras are located in this temple:
Gurdwara at Swami Narain Mandir, Karachi. It is located in the Swami Narain Mandir complex in Karachi. Hindu community lives at this place. Gurdwara has been created for the small Sikh community
Address: MA Jinnah Road, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Gudwara Guru Arjan Dev Maharaj Karampur. It is built in the memory of 5th Guru Martyrdom. Mahan Shaheedi Gurpoorab is celebrated at this place in june month.
Address: Karampur, Sindh, Pakistan
Telephone: 072 257 5202, 0333 338 3080, 0334 270 7717
Naushahro Feroze District. It is a district in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Its capital is Naushahro Feroze city. It is administratively subdivided into 5 Talukas and 51 Union Councils. The following places of this district have Gurdwaras:
Mehrabpur. It is a city in the Nashahro Firoz District in Sindh province of Pakistan. The city is administratively subdivided into 8 Union Council. It has a busy railway station on the main railway line between Karachi and Lahore. It is a junction station with a disused branch line to Naushahro Feroze. City is also connected through many link roads at Just 6 KM from N-5. The following places of this taluka have Gurdwaras:
Halani. It is a Historic city along National Highway (N5). It is headquarter of Union council Halani in Taluka Meherabpur, District Naushahro Feroze, Sindh. This city has famous 18th century Hindu temple and historic Mehrab Masjid (Mosque) side by side. This city was the scene of historic battle between Kalhoras and Talpur Meers. A delipitated Battle Graveyard could still bee seen with GALLOW Stands (Phahighats). The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Darbar sahib, Halani , Naushreo Feroze
Address: Halani, Naushero Feroze, Sindh, Pakistan
Balochistan. It is a province of southwestern Pakistan. It spreads primarily along the eastern part of the geographic region of Balochistan. It is the largest of Pakistan’s four administrative provinces in terms of area (constituting approximately 44% of the country’s total land mass) and the smallest in terms of population (being home to less than 5% of the country’s population). Quetta is the capital and largest city of Balochistan. The main ethnic groups in the province are Baloch, Pashtuns and Brahuis, and there are relatively smaller communities of Iranian Baloch, Hazaras Sindhis and other settlers, including Punjabis, Uzbeks, and Turkmens. The name Balochistan means “the land of the Baloch” in many regional languages. Tejaban is an example of a Balochistan village. The following places of this province have Gurdwaras:
Quetta. It is the provincial capital and largest city of Balochistan province, Pakistan. Quetta is also known as the Fruit Garden of Pakistan (due to the numerous fruit orchards in and around it and the large variety of fruits and dry fruits produced at this place). The immediate area has long been one of pastures and mountains with varied plants and animals (relative to the dry plains to the west). Quetta is at an average elevation of 1,680 meters (5,510 feet) above sea level (making it Pakistan’s only high altitude major city). It is located in northern Balochistan near the borders of Afghanistan and Iran. Quetta is a trade and communication centre between the three countries. The city lies on the Bolan Pass route (which was once the only gateway from Central Asia to South Asia). Quetta played an important role militarily for the Pakistan Armed Forces in the international Afghanistan Conflict. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Gurdwara Pehli Patshahi, Tilganji Sahib. Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province. The Gurdwara of Jagat Guru Nanak Dev called Tilganji Sahib is located at Masjid road of the city. Sat Guru graced this city during his third itinerary. When the Guru arrived here, devotees came to see him. He honored the group of devotees by distributing Til (sesame) as parshad (offering) and hence this pious Gurdwara was named as Tilganji. Government Sandeman school is functioning inside this holy shrine. A new school building has been constructed on the vacant land of the Gurdwara. The main gate of Gurdwara takes after a mosque and inside there is a beautiful and strong building with dome. The inn for the stay of the visitors, dining hall and Prakashasthan (platform for Guru Granth Sahib) are very beautiful. Sangat (devotees) of Quetta has filed a law suit in lower court to get back the possession of the Gurdwara.
Address: Masjid Road, Quetta, Baluchistan, Pakistan
Gurdwara Sri Singh Sabha
Address: Masjid Road, Quetta, Baluchistan, Pakistan.
Qalat (Kalat) District. It is a district in Balochistan, Pakistan. It encompasses an area of 6,621 km2 (2,556 sq mi). The district is governed from the city of Kalat. Kalat was notified as a district on February 3, 1954. At that time Khuzdar and Mastung districts were sub divisions of Kalat. These were separated in 1965 as Kachhi District). Khuzdar became a separate district by notification of March 1, 1974, while Mastung was announced to be separate district on February 18, 1992. The district draws its name from the ancient city of Kalat. The old name of the district headquarters was Kahan. Its climate is arid, hot in summer and cold in winter, with most rainfall occurring in the winter. The terrain is mountainous with several valleys and one main river, mount Harboi in Kalat is known for Juniper old trees, the Moro River. Its main economic activities are agriculture and livestock farming. The following places of this district have Gurdwaras:
Qalat (Kalat). It is a historical town located in Kalat District, Balochistan, Pakistan. Kalat is the capital of Kalat District. It is known locally as Kalat-i-Baloch and Kalat-i-Sewa. The following Gurdwaras are located at this place:
Gurudwara Pehli Patshahi at Kalat, Baluchistan. Kalat is located on Quetta-Karachi road. Kalat is the districts headquarter. Earlier it was known as Kalat state. The Shrine of Guru Nanak Sahib is situated in the old city. After the dissolution of the state and desolation of the city, a new city was built. Inside the Hindu quarters of this new city there is a Gurdwara called “Guru Nanak Darbar. Prakash (display of Guru Granth Sahib) takes place daily and the Sangat (devotees) meets twice a day. The New Darbar is built like a house. Old Shrine is known as Nanak Mandir (which is three kilometers outside the new city). The old Darbar was got repaired by the Khan of Kalat. Udasi Sant Baba Annkhandi Das was the first priest at the old Darbar. Khan of Kalat has made grants of land to the Gurdwara and the langar (community kitchen) too is run on his account. This estate is still in the name of Gurdwara.
Address: Kalat, Baluchistan, Pakistan