Dera Baba Nanak

Shri Darbar Sahib

Gurdwara Shri Darbar Sahib is situated in the city Dera Baba Nanak which is located in Gurdaspur District of Punjab, India. It is about 1 kms from the Indo-Pakistan border and on the east bank of River Ravi. To its west is located the town of Kartarpur (Ravi) which is located in Pakistan. As its name implies, this shrine is connected with Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhi. The Guru used to meditate on God by the well called "Ajita Randhawa da khooh" after his first udasi in 1506 . On the stage situated in the Gurdwara sahib, Guru Ji had discussion with Ajita Randhawa.



During the late 1800's, Maharaja Ranjit Singh provided a copper gilded throne to the Gurdwara and got its canopy covered with marble. The shrine is in the centre of the town and comprises three separate memorials. The well which originally belonged to Bhai Ajitta Randhava still exists and is reverently called Sarji Sahib. Pilgrims take its water home in the belief that it possesses curative properties.


The second memorial is the "Kirtan Asthan", a rectangular hall, which marks the site where Guru Arjan had sat rapt in Kirtan when visiting Dera Baba Nanak for condolence on the death of Baba Dharam Das. The Guru Granth Sahib is seated in the hall.


The final memorial is the central shrine, called Thara sahib. This marks the 'thara' or platform, on which Guru Nanak had sat when he first came to Ajitta's well and where, later, Baba Sri Chand buried his father's ashes. The Guru Granth Sahib is seated here in a small square pavilion with a pinnacled lotus dome under an overhanging gilded canopy. The whole pavilion is covered with gold-plated metal sheets with some of the hymns of Guru Nanak embossed on them.